Living in the Promise of Easter
Easter gives us the chance to celebrate Jesus and the eternal gift He gave us through His death on the cross and resurrection. We rejoice because we have new life in Christ. In the past several days, I’ve felt challenged to celebrate the promise of Easter not only once a year, but every single day.
Knowing that Jesus paid the ultimate price on our behalf makes us want to live our lives as an offering to Him in response. It makes us want to love each other without selfish ambition or gain, forgive without measure as the Lord has forgiven us, and give abundantly. It makes us want to embrace the marginalized, abandoned, and sick. It makes us want to show compassion to all those who suffer. It makes us want to sacrifice our own lives for those of others. It makes us want to build, create, hope, and disciple.
What does this mean for our children, and how do we show them how to also live in light of Christ’s resurrection? First, we can share with them why we celebrate Easter. Luke 24:1-9 in The Message translation helps little ones understand the resurrection in more familiar terms.
Children are hard-wired to understand spiritual truths because they love stories, movies and books with a happy ending. The resurrection is the happiest ending in history.
Our family loves this activity that incorporates Jesus into the Easter celebrations that seem to focus more on eggs, bunnies and candy. This could be something you also incorporate with your Weekday Schooler this spring as we continue to daily celebrate the resurrection:
Find a photo of a real rabbit, and show it to your children. Explain to them that real Easter bunnies:
- are white as snow because Jesus takes all sin away (Isaiah 1:18b).
- are gentle, kind-hearted and forgiving (Ephesians 4:32).
- have big ears that are quick to listen (James 1:19).
- have big eyes to look carefully and choose what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
- have no voice for complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:13).
- are quiet in prayer, but hop with thanksgiving and rejoicing (Philippians 4:4-6).
- have big feet to go tell others about Jesus so they can be like Easter bunnies, too (Matthew 28: 19-20).
- eat what is healthy by filling up on God's word every day (Psalm 119:11).
Happy Easter! He is risen indeed.
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator