When you ask many children what Easter is all about, what do you think their answer would be? A lot of them would probably say Easter bunnies, eggs, chocolate, getting their Easter baskets, etc.
Unfortunately, Easter has become about what we can get instead of what we can give and what we have been given by Jesus. Therefore, it is important that we teach our kids about the true meaning and significance of this holiday: Jesus came down to Earth to die on the cross for our sins, so that we don’t have to. And then He rose from the dead, defeating sin and death once and for all. And because Jesus was willing to die in our place, we now can live with Him forever in heaven if we accept him as our Lord and Savior. And that’s definitely worth celebrating!
Here are ways that we can encourage our children to celebrate God's love this Easter season.
Intentional times of Instruction
This is when we set time aside to teach our children about the Bible.
Family Devotions is a time where you read the scripture, do some discussion and pray for it. It is about hearing the Word of God and responding to it. It is also a training ground in preparing our kids to have their own personal devotions as well.
Bible Study - it is a time when you sat down for Bible Study and have a specific truth or concept that you want your children to learn from.
"And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7
With Easter in mind there are many truths to consider when planning specific lessons for your kids.
- Jesus coming was God’s plan from the beginning
- The resurrection is only the beginning
- What does the cross mean to me today?
- God’s way is not my way – will I respond to God’s way
- The Last Supper and Communion
- The people Jesus met in his last week
The second way we encourage our kids in the Lord is Devotional Living. It is when we use our everyday experiences to teach spiritual truth. Pray for wisdom and insight as you ask yourself: What is going on in my day that if I talked about it, my child would learn something about Jesus.
- God’s love for them
- Jesus’ death and resurrection
- God’s forgiveness and new life
The key in devotional living discussions or activities is that you do them with your children. They are not activities to be done by themselves – join in and take the opportunity to talk while your hands are busy.
Regardless of what is happening in the world around us and how they celebrate Easter, we need to create our own family culture where you and your household will celebrate God’s love this Easter time.
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