The Ascension & Helium: An Ascension Science Experiment
It’s no great revelation to kids that if you let go of something, it will most likely fall to the ground. However, Jesus rose on Ascension Thursday! We will use balloons to introduce the concept of Jesus rising up to heaven and His promise that we can join Him in heaven for eternity if we follow Him.
• Two helium balloons
• A bunch of shoes and sneakers (the ones the students are wearing)
The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the prayer, “The Apostles’ Creed” contains the words, “”He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” Christ’s bodily Ascension
foreshadows our own entrance into Heaven after our death. In redeeming mankind, Christ not only offered salvation to our souls but began the restoration of the material world itself to the glory that God intended
before Adam’s fall. Let’s understand this better with the help of science…
1. Tie a long strong to both balloons.
2. Allow one balloon to rise.
3. Starting with one shoe or sneaker, tie it to the string of the balloon that did not rise. Keep tying shoes to the balloon until it cannot rise. Count the number of shoes that held the balloon down.
Things of lightness, like feathers and balloons, will rise with the slightest gust of wind. But heavy objects will stay on the ground due to the force of gravity.
Good thoughts and deeds raise us all to the level of our Lord’s love and expectations, while bad deeds are like rocks that hold us down.
The whole point of the Ascension is the promise that Jesus would return in just the same way He rose up to Heaven – Jesus went up; no other man could do that. Jesus defied gravity, and that is why we believe He is the Messiah. Jesus did a lot of things that defy the laws of science, but He said that someday we will follow Him up to heaven. We can become helium beings by following Him and trusting and rising to His expectations!