What is a bunny compared to the greatest miracle man has ever witnessed? I know, “but that bunny is so cute…and the colored eggs and treats…” What child can resist the bright colors and sweet surprises that the Easter Bunny promises?
How can we, as parents, bring our children into the Gospel story in a way that does it justice and helps them relate to the true meaning of Easter? What can we do to show them that the promises of God are far greater, than the ones the Easter bunny delivers?
Before we can lead our children we need to take an honest look at where we are with our faith. Ask yourself these important questions:
- Am I reflecting Christ inside our family home?
- Does my daily routine show my children that God is my top priority?
If not, Easter is the perfect time to re-dedicate ourselves to the Lord and ask Him to take back the throne of our lives.
Our children need to know we know them and love them for who God created them to be. The only way to accomplish this is by spending quality time with them just as we need to spend quality time with the God.
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” Timothy Keller
By spending quality time with them we will begin to “train up a child in the way he should go…” Proverbs 22:6
Here are 5 practical things you can do with your children to make Jesus the focal point of Easter:
- Find a great kid’s Easter devotional to do together as a family: http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/2016/03/11/free-easter-devotional-guide-for-families/
- Bake resurrection crescent rolls, sharing the symbolism and Easter story as your kids learn to make this tasty treat: http://www.food.com/recipe/empty-tomb-crescent-rolls-293915
- Take art into nature and make a cross out of items you collect together. You may collect seashells, stones, flowers, or other objects together. Take pictures to share with friends and family digitally. Say a simple prayer of thanksgiving, when you finish your creations, for Jesus dying on the cross for our salvation.
- Share your story with your children. In simple terms, tell them why you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pray about how much of your story God wants you to share with them in advance. They are not always ready to hear our complete testimony, focus on the key elements of your faith.
- Do make attending church the center of your Easter Day celebration. When it is prioritized as the best part of your Easter celebration, you are pointing your children’s hearts toward God. If you are not able to physically go to church, find an online sermon that you can watch as a family. Here are some suggestions:
Hillsong Church: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSYGkbzVd5-EzAMEpf3EaGg
Bayside Church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdFz8W4dgHo
These 5 practical things will not only open the door for conversations about God with your children, they have the potential to bring you all closer to God and closer to each other.
The Easter bunny may make an appearance this Easter, but your children will know the true meaning of why we rejoice on Easter Sunday.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24: 45-48
May you and your families be blessed this Easter with renewed faith, dedication, and love for our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!