The Mad Scientist Presents: MAD ABOUT JESUS: Scientific Object Lessons to Teach Biblical Truths By Daniel A. Briere
Object Lesson 7: “Transform and Evangelize”
Accepting Jesus transforms the soul; only then can effectively spread his message.
God wants every Christian to live a different life than those who do not believe in Him. When we accept him we transform into a new image, a new form. Just like water changing into ice, our transformation is visible, letting others actually see what Christ has done for us which helps spread the message of Christ to others. In this demonstration, what looks like ordinary water (colorless liquid) will turn solid (freeze) upon a single touch of another transformed person, showing the power and responsibility that each Christian has to evangelize.
What does it mean to be transformed?
How are we transformed when we accept Jesus?
What does it mean to evangelize?
What purpose does God have for us?
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” 1 Samuel 10:6
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Clear microwavable container with lid (it helps if the lid is also microwavable).
Clear glass jar
Glass bowl or plate
Sodium acetate trihydrate (250 grams minimal, suggest 500 grams or more)
Tap water (5 tsp for every 250 grams of sodium acetate trihydrate)
Cookie sheet (no walls is preferred)
Using gloves and safety glasses at all times, weigh out 250 grams (roughly 1 cup of crystalline solid) of sodium acetate trihydrate into the microwavable container. If possible, it is advised to have several prepared solutions available (250 grams of sodium acetate trihydrate can make ~ 250 mLs of liquid, which can be stored altogether, or divided into more than one container). Add 25 milliliters of water (5 tsp) to every 250 grams of crystals. Cover with lid, if possible, keeping lid loose. Heat the container on high in microwave for 1 minute. Remove container, firmly screw on lid and invert a few times to mix. Loosen lid, then return container to microwave for an additional 1 minute. Repeat until all crystals are completely dissolved. Place the container in at room temperature to cool (if in a hurry a refrigerator will speed up the process). Once cool, the solution is a true supersaturated solution (more solid is dissolved now than normally would be possible at this low temperature). The container should be filled with a clear solution with no visible solid, but a small film on top of the solution, if present, can be removed later. Insert the tip of your finger into the solution and remove it quickly. Two results are possible. If the liquid starts to solidify on your finger (it will be warm), the solution is ready and no crystal will be needed to start the reaction while performing the lesson (see presentation). If it remains liquid on your finger, add a single crystal of sodium acetate trihydrate to the container. It should now solidify. Either event is suitable for the lesson. If the solution does not solidify even when a crystal is added see troubleshooting section below. Once solidified, you are ready to perform the lesson. About an hour before the lesson re-heat and dissolve the solid. Let cool and retest on your finger. Again, if the liquid starts to solidify on your finger (it will be warm), the solution is ready and no crystal will be needed to start the reaction while performing the lesson (see presentation). If it remains liquid on your finger, you will need to add a few crystals to your finger while performing the lesson (see presentation). Once ready, be sure to store it in a safe place away from vibrations (can cause solution to solidify prematurely). When ready for the presentation, carefully move the container, being sure not to move the liquid too much, and place it on the display table. Put the glass jar and the glass bowl on top of the cookie sheet (one to the left and right to the audience). Fill the glass jar on the display table with the solution (the bowl will remain empty for now), carefully avoiding adding any film that formed previously, and being careful not to set it off prematurely. Put a few loose crystals on the display table in a small pile near where your hands will be located during the lesson (these will be necessary if the solution does not solidify on your fingertip).
We have found that repeated microwaving can cause the solidification process to break down leaving slush rather than a solid. It is therefore suggested that the solution be put into a microwave as little as possible. If this has occurred, the only resort may be to use fresh crystals. However, if a solid does form but has some liquid in it, you can pour off some of this liquid then re-heat. This may result in a more solid result. If you have never worked with this chemical, it is therefore suggested you order 500 grams or more. If you are having additional problems please contact the Mad Scientist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. “Hey kids.”
2. “Today we are going to discuss how we change when we accept God.”
3. “We actually become a different person when we find Christ.”
4. “For the bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ‘And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.'” Stress the word “transformed”.
5. “So what does this mean to be ‘transformed’?”
6. “Well, do we change in our appearance when we accept Jesus?”
7. “Not really.”
8. “Where do we change?”
9. “Well, we can have a change of character.”
10. “Character is all the qualities and features that distinguish one person from another; all those things that make us who we are.”
11. “We may have been a liar, a cheat, a robber or even a murderer.”
12. “But now, by accepting Christ, we aspire to be honest, trustworthy, and a protector of others.”
13. “Why do we do this?”
14. “Because of our love for Jesus.”
15. “For Jesus said in John 13:35 ‘by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.'”
16. “So we change, we transform into a Christian for the world to see.”
17. “Just like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly, our character is transformed.”
The liquid pool
18. “Today, I want to show you how dramatic this change can be.”
19. “Here I have a bottle with a clear liquid.” Show the liquid in the jar and turn it slightly to show it is a liquid.
20. “Can I get a volunteer to feel this jar and tell me if it is hot?” Get a volunteer to touch the bottle.
21. “How about this bowl.”
22. “Is it hot?” Get a volunteer to touch the bowl.
23. “Ok, so both are fairly cool to the touch.”
24. “Remember that for later.”
25. “So, how could we transform this liquid?”
26. “Well, think about water.”
27. “Does it have to be a liquid?”
28. “No, it can be a liquid, a gas, or even a solid.”
29. “What do we call water when it is solid?” Wait for a response.
30. “Yes, we call it ice.”
31. “So, would turning water into ice be like transforming?” Wait for a response.
The icy pool
33. “Ok, well we have our liquid.”
34. “Let’s call this ‘Larry the liquid'”
35. “Let’s pour Larry into this bowl.”
36. “See Larry pours out all over the bowl.”
37. “Larry is definitely a liquid.”
38. “Let’s see Larry transform.” Touch the liquid with the tip of your finger and very quickly remove it before it starts to solidify. Let the liquid solidify on your fingertip and do not rub it off (it may get slightly warm). If it does not solidify on your fingertips, just touch a few loose crystals with your wet finger.
39. “Hey, wait a minute.”
40. “Nothing happened.”
41. “Did I forget something?”
42. “Oh, wait.”
43. “We only become transformed when we accept Jesus.”
44. “Ok, I guess I will have my friend Larry about Jesus.”
45. “Yes, I must talk to him about Jesus.”
46. “Invite him to church.”
47. “Read the bible with him.”
48. “I have good news.”
49. “After talking with him, Larry has now decided to accept Jesus.”
50. “Now, let’s see him transform.” Touch the liquid with the tip of your same finger (a small amount of solid or a few crystals need to be present).
51. “Wow!!!” Turn plate toward audience to show it is solid.
52. “Larry is a Christian.”
53. “Now changed, the world knows it too, not just in how he looks, but also how he acts.”
54. “You can actually feel the heat in the bowl?” Allow members of the audience to touch the bottom of the bowl, not the chemical.
55. “Is it hot?” Wait for a response.
56. “Yes, Larry accepted Jesus, was transformed into a new person, and now looks and acts like a new person.”
57. “He now acts as a Christian.”
The power of evangelism
58. “But there is something else Larry has gained.”
59. “Larry now has the power of to help transform others.”
60. “Now, Larry could do this just like I did for him, by telling others about Jesus and helping them accept Jesus.”
61. “But not everyone is willing to listen are they.”
62. “But even people who may seem to have closed hearts and will not listen can be affected by a transformed person.”
63. “For the bible says in Matthew 5:16 ‘let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.'”
64. “So, you can change others by acting like a Christian, by simply showing them what Christ has done for you.”
65. “They will see God through you and maybe someday want the same for themselves.”
66. “You could plant the first seed.”
The icy tower
67. “Do you want a demonstration?”
69. “Let’s say Larry has a friend who is not a Christian, say this liquid in this jar.” Show the jar containing the solution (half is already gone as it was used to fill the bowl).
70. “Let’s call him ‘Chad the cynic'”
71. “What can he to do to help his friend Chad transform?” Wait for a response.
72. “Yes, if his friend is willing, he can start by talking to him about Jesus, inviting him to church, and reading the bible with him.”
73. “But what if Chad does not seem interested in talking about Jesus?”
74. “Can Larry still have an impact of Chad’s transformation?” Wait for a response.
75. “Sure, the way Larry acts could lead to a full transformation for Chad, or may simply plant the seed for a future transformation.”
76. “All is good.”
77. “So, do you want to see what kind of effect you can have on others by simply acting as Christians?” Start to slowly pour the liquid in the jar on top of the solid pool of ice in the bowl. Do this slowly and you will start to form a pillar of salt that will stand several inches in the air above the bowl.
79. “The second his friend came near him, he changed didn’t he.”
80. “That is the power of transformation.”
81. “So, what have we learned?”
82. “Well, we learned that God wants every Christian to live a different life than those who do not believe in Him.”
83. “We are to be like Jesus.”
84. “When we accept Jesus, we actually transform into a new image, a new form.”
85. “Just like water changing into ice.”
86. “For the bible says in 1 Samuel 10:6 ‘the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power . . . and you will be changed into a different person.'”
87. “This transformation can be just as dramatic as water turning into ice.”
88. “For it lets others actually see what Christ has done for us, which helps spread the message of Christ to others.”
89. “So, once transformed, it is our responsibility as Christians to help others accept Jesus and transform.”
90. “One has the power to change many.”
91. “Well, I better get back to the lab.”
92. “I have lots to do to prepare for my next experiment.”
93. “You see, I think I discovered a special can that no matter how many things you put into it never fills.”
94. “I just need to work the kinks out.”
95. “I will see you again soon.”
1. A demonstration of water turning into instant ice can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC-KOYQsIvU&feature=related
2. You can purchase sodium acetate trihydrate from various chemical supplies, including ScienceCompany.com at http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Sodium-Acetate-100g-P6475C670.aspx
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By Daniel A. Briere