The Prince’s Poison Cup: A children’s book written by Dr. R.C. Sproul, a pastor and theologian from Sanford, Florida. This book was illustrated by Justin Gerard. This wonderfully illustrated book shows children the price Jesus had to pay for sins as our Ultimate Atonement.
The story begins as a little girl named Ella Ruth was sick, did not want to drink her medicine, asking her Dad why it tasted so bad if it was good for her. So Grandpa comes to the scene, sharing an important lesson that, “sometimes things that seem terrible are actually very good.” Grandpa tells the story of the King of Life who created a beautiful and perfect park with subjects he ruled over. This story uniquely covers the biblical account of the Fall through redemption. The King created a fountain and told His subjects, “The water in the fountain will harm you. Do not drink it.”
The King’s subjects, in disobedience, drank the water, and so left the park, building their own city called The City of Man. In the middle of the City was another fountain filled with poison. This poison was “made up of the King’s anger of the people’s disobedience.” Though the people disobeyed, there was a plan to redeem the people. The King’s Son, the Prince, was to go to City of Man and drink this deadly poison to save the people. Through the Prince’s sacrifice, the people could be redeemed; their hearts could turn from stone to flesh.
This story has some very simple, yet deep, theological implications. Some of these theological topics are that the King had every right to destroy the city (justice), the people’s hearts turned to stone (depravity), the Prince drinking the cup of the King’s wrath (propitiation), the healing of the people (redemption), and the immense love of the King. All to this to say that the Gospel was beautifully woven into the story. It is never too young for children to be learning about these important truths. It will be easy for the children to pay attention to the story as I was periodically held in suspense myself.
Most Christian children’s books these days lack substantial meaning and are shallow. R. C Sproul’s books are intertwined with deep seated meaning that will not only teach the children but the parents as well. This book has helpful questions in the back of the book for parents to ask their children and to engage in theological conversations. Why keep the children in the kiddy pool when they can be in an ocean? We just need to teach them to swim first, which is the goal of this book.
Here is an example, “THE POISON THE PRINCE HAD TO DRINK WAS MADE UP OF “THE KING’S ANGER OVER THE PEOPLE’S DISOBEDIENCE.” DOES GOD GET ANGRY ABOUT SIN?
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. (Romans 1:18a)
I think that this is a great way for parents to not be lazy in simply reading the answers to their children and to customize the answer depending on the age of the child. I recommend this book for children of all ages; making a great gift for children or expectant mothers. Read this book if you desire to deepen your child’s understanding of Scripture and the Gospel.
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