Spring is almost here. The Lenten season has begun. The school year will be coming to an end soon. We’ve already planned what we intend to do for spring break and summer vacation plans are in the works. Farmers have already been busily preparing for what they hope will be a good harvest. Indeed spring is almost here.
How are you teaching children about Easter?
Even if you don’t have your own children or work in children’s ministry you may have children in your life. Maybe you have younger siblings, cousins, nieces or nephews, or neighbor kids around you that have a relationship with you. Do you put decorations outside your house? Do those decorations display your Christian beliefs? Do you talk to any of the children in your life about the true and real reason we celebrate a day called Easter? You are teaching the kids around you by your words and actions through the decorations and ways you celebrate what your true beliefs are. So what are you teaching children about Easter by how you decorate, what you say and where you go?
Maybe you are teaching children about Passover
It’s possible that your focus is on the teachings written by Moses and of the plagues God sent because He wanted Pharaoh to let His people go. That very special time concerning the night that death passed over those who in an act of faith and obedience, applied the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. Perhaps your intention is teaching children of the miracles God did for Moses and the Hebrews who were enslaved by Egypt. How Moses and his brother Aaron led millions of people out of slavery in Egypt through the Red Sea by the miraculous hand of God. They were led by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night as they traveled through the desert on their way to the promised land. The Passover meal is indeed a wonderful remembrance of what God did for His people and of His great desire to live with them as their God.
A walk through holy week and Christ’s passion
Many Christian families focus on the life of Jesus Christ and the last week of his physical life in his earthly body. During this week, often called holy week we focus on His purpose for coming. We follow the events and the people who are involved in the last days of Jesus’ life. Like Mary who took about a pint of pure nard. It was an expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the sweet smell of the perfume. Jesus said she was anointing him for his burial. We enjoy palm Sunday while remembering that Jesus was praised as he rode on the donkey into Jerusalem. How Judas made plans to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. The disciples and Jesus have the famous last supper where Jesus teaches them to remember him with communion elements. Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane while his disciples with him slept. And then was betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter, beaten, mocked and finally crucified on a cross between two thieves. Then he is buried in the tomb of a rich man named Joseph. And on the early morning of the first day of the week, it becomes known that has risen from the dead and is alive. We celebrate that Jesus died for us and has conquered death, hell and the grave, risen in the sight of many into heaven with a promise to return. In this, both teaching children about Passover and teaching children about Easter can be touched on to some degree.
Is your emphasis on bunnies, chicks and eggs?
All things in moderation are not so bad, but most Easter baskets are definitely an unhealthful sugar overload. Where did we get the idea that bunny rabbits lay eggs anyway? And they are hard-boiled, colorful, decorated eggs at that. Or more often today they are plastic filled with candy. Why are they hidden for us to have to go and hunt for them? Marshmallow chicks fit in there somehow too, as well as beans made from “jelly”. Now that is a bean soup kids will be happy to eat. These are things many grow up doing but never question where it originated. We just keep doing it because we grew up with it and it was enjoyable. That seems to be the case with most traditions of men. These things, when researched are found to have very pagan roots to them. Many Christian parents don’t necessarily teach their children that a bunny brings them these goodies and many use resurrection eggs to teach the Easter story.
A selection for Passover and Passion of Christ tools for you below
One of the most important things Christian parents do is to teach their children about their faith. It brings great joy to parents when they see their children following in the faith. There are fewer if any greater joys on earth. For this purpose, we want to make available a selection of tools for you as a parent to use to help grow your child in the most important area of life, their spiritual life. Whether you are teaching children about Passover or teaching children about Easter through the life of Jesus, we have tools for you to use. I pray that your Passover or Easter holidays will be spiritually strong and fulfilling and the children you influence will have receptive hearts.
For teaching children about Passover click
Passover teaching for kids
For teaching children about Easter click Easter teaching for kids
Easter teaching for kids
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