Teach Your Children the "True" meaning of Easter

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Good Morning friends. It is only 6 days away from Easter. Over the last 3 years our home has changed alot from the traditions that I grew up with because I didnt grow up in a Christian home. We did what every one else did, got baskets, filled with candy and thought there was an Easter Bunny.

I knew that Jesus died on the cross and rose on the third day but didnt know the “true” meaning of what Easter was all about until I started my personal relationship with Jesus Christ 3 years ago.

At first when you learn where all the holidays originated from, it is scary that people just take them on without knowing why. I have 3 boys 19,12,7 and until 3 years ago they knew Easter as a bunny, Easter basket stuffed with candy. So over the years we have taken that out of our home because the true meaning of Easter is not bunnies & candy, it is all about Jesus Christ.

With that said I had been searching for ways to teach my children about the “True” meaning of Easter. Finding ways to replace your old traditions is a challenge at first but will tell you that the Lord will help you through them. When the children can tell any unbeliever the story of Jesus that makes my heart sing.

Our tradition starts with the teachings 1 week before Easter to get the kids prepared then church on Good Friday evening, the sunrise service on Sunday morning.

I started out the week with an activity with the Resurrection Eggs. These can be bought at your Christan store or you can get them right off Family Life website. This has been amazing for my 7 year old who loves to tell the story to everyone that comes to the house.

Directions: Fill each egg with the item listed and number the eggs. Follow along in your little story book that describes each egg with scripture. Open and experience the eggs together with your children.

1. (Little Donkey) Matthew 21:1-3 & 6-8As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 6-8 “The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road”

2. (Silver Coins) Matthew 26:14-16 “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over”

3. (Cup) Matthew 26:27-28 “Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

4. (Praying Hands) Mark 14:32-34They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

5. (Leather Whip) John 19:1 “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.”

6. (Crowns of Thorns) Matthew 27:27-29 “Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on himand then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.”

7. (Nails in the Cross) John 19:16-18 “So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha) Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.”

8. (Die) John 19:23-24 “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it. This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” So this is what the soldiers did.”

9. (Spear) John 19:32-34 “The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

10. (Linen Cloth) Matthew 27:57-60 “As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.”

11. (Stone) Matthew 28:2-4 “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.”

12. (Empty) Matthew 28:5-6 “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”

John 3:16 “”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

It has been a blessing to see the kids share this amazing story about Jesus to unbelievers. Watching them be excited about telling the story lets me know the Lord is in our home.

What are some traditions that you do in your home. Would love to hear more ideas on how you teach your children about the “true” meaning of Easter.

Serving with Joy,

Sonya

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I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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