Easter: Celebrate Sacrifice
Easter is a pretty big deal in our house. We enjoy the colors of spring, dying eggs, pretty new clothes, easter egg hunts and oh the candy! Between parents and grandparents there is never a shortage of candy and fun new toys in our house on Easter! These are all fun and fine traditions, but it is important that the true reason for the celebration is not lost in the celebrating.
What are some ways that you can make sure to point your kids to our Savior on Easter?
Many families make or reuse resurrection egg sets. Pinterest is full of resurrection themed games, crafts and activities that you could use or tweak for your own family’s needs. You could add Jesus’ resurrection themed items as basket stuffers: coloring or activity books, Christian story books, tshirts, stickers, devotional books or journals for older children. You can find many of these items at Hobby Lobby or Amazon.
One of my favorite examples of bringing Jesus and the gospel into Easter basket traditions was a mom had her kids write on a small rock each day (you could use paper) something that was a sin. They would put these small rocks inside plastic eggs in their baskets. Then after the kids had gone to bed the night before Easter, the mom would remove all the sin rocks and replace them with candy and fill up the baskets with all the good things. Why? Because Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus. He took all our sin when he died and he replaced it with eternal life when we believe! What a beautiful picture of the grace of God!
However your family chooses to celebrate Easter, I hope you do celebrate the immense sacrifice Jesus made for us. He gave his very life! He saved us from our sin and we can spend eternity in perfect heaven with our Father God. I hope this thought fills your Easter with joy and thanks!