Helping Your Kids Recapture the True Meaning of Easter
Would you like to share more of the true meaning of Easter with your kids, but just aren’t sure how? I know how hard this can be with the way that Easter has been commercialized to represent spring, new life, bunnies and baby chicks. But the true meaning of Easter is so much more than that.
When was the last time that you told your kids the Easter Story? Story is a powerful thing, and kids really respond to it. I remember starting with John 3:16 as the jumping point for sharing the Easter Story, because it’s all about God’s love.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.”
--John 3:16 MSG
It was God’s love that caused Him to send His Son. It was God’s love that spurred on Jesus to offer Himself as a sacrifice in our place. Why did we need Jesus to sacrifice Himself in our place? Because we sin. We do bad things. We couldn’t earn our way to heaven even if we tried.
My kids understood this even at a young age. You might be surprised with how much your kids understand about this.
It was God’s love that opened the door for us to have a brand new way to do life – a life that continues long after we die. A life that is marked by His power and presence in us. A life that enables us to be who He’s called us to be and to do what He’s called us to do.
Something powerful happens to your children when they hear how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ changed your life. Something powerful happens to your kids when they see how real the Easter Story is to you, when they see you live out that story each and every day.
The key to sharing your story well is not to shame or preach to your kids or your family as you share it. The way to do this is not to tell them how they need to be, but to be vulnerable yourself and tell them how Jesus changed your life personally.
Even if you haven’t been walking with Jesus recently, this Easter may be the time for you and your whole family to experience Jesus’ life and resurrection together. My kids heard my story about how Jesus changed my life hundreds of times. So did their friends. As soon as you begin talking about Jesus something happens!
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
--Romans 10:17 NKJV
So here are some things you can do to recapture the true meaning of Easter with your kids:
1. Tell them the story of why God sent His Son.
If you have older kids, open up the bible and share with them directly from the scriptures. The Gospel account appears in the following chapters: Matthew 26-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 22-24, and John 17-20. Pick one and share with your kids!
There are also movies like The Gospel of John (2003) that are a great way to share the story with your kids.
For younger kids, tools like The Resurrection Eggs are a great way to share the story and make it fun.
2. Share with them how Easter has changed your life.
This is where the power comes in with your kids. Make it personal, not preachy. Share with them how God is speaking to you to become a better parent. When your kids see that God is working in your life too, Jesus becomes even more real to them.
3. Ask your kids what Easter means to them.
You might ask them, “How has Jesus made your life brand-new?” “How has Jesus changed your life?” You can ask these questions even when they’re little. Keep in mind, your kids may respond that they haven’t been walking with God or that they haven’t received that new life for themselves. Be prepared to minister to them.
My wife had a special gift of knowing when my kids were ready to receive Jesus in their life. I watched her pray over each one of our kids and wait for opportunities to share with them. When the moment was right, she would ask them, “Are you ready to ask Jesus to forgive you?” And I watched them as they responded to her invitation. Something changed in their spirit that day. The Spirit of God filled them with new life. So when you asked them afterwards, “Where is Jesus in your life?” all of them would say, “He’s forgiven me, dad, He’s right here.” And they would point to their heart.
Wouldn’t that be a great new tradition to start in your family? Each year, your family shares their “Jesus Stories” around the table, the story of how Jesus has changed their life? Wouldn’t that be incredible?
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Published on March 21, 2018.