Six Ways to Put Christ First in Your Kids’ Easter Week
Kids are surrounded by the world’s view of Easter. Store aisles are crowded with colorfully woven baskets, stringy Easter grass and mounds of candy. Movies and TV shows focus on the adventures of the Easter bunny. A kids’ CD of Easter songs fails to mention Christ’s death and resurrection.
As Christian parents, what can we do to emphasize the real meaning?
Here are some suggestions:
1. Talk about the events of Easter all year. Don’t become a Christmas-Easter parent. Talk about Christ’s death and resurrection throughout the year. The resurrection of Christ is the very basis of our faith (1 Corinthians 15:17).
2. Read the Bible account. Before Easter, begin reading the Bible accounts of what happened. If you have young children, read just a few verses each day and explain them fully.
- Matthew 26:14-75; 27:11-66; 28:1-20
- Mark 14:1-72; 16:1-8
- Luke 22:1-71; 23:1-56; 24:1-53
- John 11:45-57; 12:12-50; 13-21
3. Explain why Christ had to die. We all are sinners, and young children need to know that Christ took the punishment for their sins. Use age-appropriate language to explain what happened, but kids need facts. Don’t sugarcoat a child’s sin or Christ’s death.
4. Look at present-day pictures of Jerusalem. Show your children that this is a real place. If you search “the garden tomb” on a Web search engine, you will come up with pictures of the place many Bible scholars feel is the very tomb where Jesus was buried.
This place matches much of the biblical account of the crucifixion, but even the people who control the property are quick to point out that no one knows for sure—information you can pass along to your kids. However, this will at least give your children an idea of what it probably looked like.
5. Reach out together as a family. Many people truly do not understand what Easter is all about. Is there a family in your neighborhood or someone living alone who would enjoy cookies, home-baked bread or cupcakes? Work with your children to make gift baskets for these people.
6. Be creative with the candy. Some people give their kids Easter baskets earlier in the week so the candy doesn’t outshine the meaning of the day itself. Or allow your children to choose a treat after Easter because then you’re hitting sales!
Easter is a time to think about Christ’s death and resurrection in a special way. But we can thank Him every day for what He’s done for us.
What do you do to make Easter meaningful to your kids?
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