The plans we have for the kids will be typical Easter stuff. We will dye eggs and have an Easter egg hunt. We will go see an Easter play at a neighborhood church on Good Friday that reenacts the Easter story. The Easter bunny will come and leave baskets. We will go to church on Easter morning. My hope and my prayer for our family is that we don't ever lose sight this week on the true meaning of Easter. Jesus suffered on the cross for our transgressions so we could be washed clean of all of our sins on Good Friday, and He rose again on Easter morning. I want to do my best to build up the Easter story this week and show the symbolism in ordinary Easter traditions.
Here are some suggestions or ideas on how to fill the hollowness of Easter traditions with Christ.
- Buy and do resurrection eggs with your kids (available at Christian bookstores or online).
- Watch The Passion of The Christ on Good Friday. Remember, it is rated R.
- Go to church on Easter.
- Get up early on Easter morning and have a special quiet time with God.
- Draw different crosses on each of your Easter eggs with crayon before dying. The dye will dye the egg, but not where the crayon marked.
- Get crescent rolls and sprinkle with cinnamon. Put one jumbo marshmallow on the wide end and roll towards the point. Seal edges well around the marshmallow. Bake. The marshmallow will melt upon baking. The bread represents the body of Christ, and the empty roll represents the empty tomb.
- Tell children the reason we hunt for Easter eggs is because on that first Easter morning, they couldn't find the Lord Jesus. Now, He is alive and is available to all who search for Him.
- Make your own resurrection eggs by buying 6 jumbo Easter eggs. Go around your house or yard to find the things you need. The 6 eggs get a leaf (Palm Sunday), a coin (Judas's betrayal), a thorn (the crown on thorns), a die (casting lots for Jesus's clothing), a rock (the stone in front of the tomb), and one is empty (empty tomb).
- Have a carpet picnic, make popcorn, and watch Veggie Tales-An Easter Carol or other family friendly Easter video.
- Check online for free Easter plays or activities that local churches might be putting on.
- Tell children the reason we wear our best on Easter is because God gave us His best gift on Easter by giving us His one and only son as our sacrifice.
- Put chocolate crosses in Easter baskets rather than chocolate Easter bunnies.
- Tell children the egg represents the enclosed tomb, and the hope of new life lies within which represents the new life that we have in Christ Jesus. The old is gone, and the new has come.
- Gather as a family and read the Easter story. Paraphrase parts of the story for young or sensitive children.
- Put Christian games, books, music, videos, bibles, or devotionals in Easter baskets.
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"But He was wounded for our transgressions...And by His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5