March 17, 2011

Explaining the Easter Story to Your Kids

It is much easier for teens and adults to understand the story of Easter. If you?re contemplating explaining the Easter story to your kids, you may be considering how troubling the story might be to young ears. The easiest way to explain the Easter story is to use simple terms and enjoyable methods. Rather than going into the deep details of the story, follow these examples.

Before you can tell your children about Easter, it helps to understand your own beliefs. Do you believe that Jesus was the Son of God, lived a sinless life and was crucified for your sins? Or do you prefer to skip the Christian aspect of the holiday and to explain the story of the Easter using the Easter bunny? What you believe will determine what you tell your children about the holiday.

Keep it as simple as possible. There?s no need to go into great detail about all that Jesus suffered as he was being tortured prior to His crucifixion. You can explain part of the Easter story by relating it to Christmas. If Jesus was born to help people have a right relationship with God, but only through the shedding of blood, then He died for the same reason.

Use traditions to help explain the story. Easter eggs are something children of all ages recognize. Buy or make eggs with Easter story-related small items in them called Resurrection Eggs. These would include the following:

* Egg 1 ? Cotton ball with perfume. Mary anointed Jesus before His crucifixion.

* Egg 2 ? Small cracker. Explain that Jesus broke bread with His friends the night before He was crucified.

* Egg 2 ? Picture of praying hands. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was betrayed.

* Three dimes – These indicate the amount of money Judas Iscariot received for betraying Jesus.

* Egg 3 ? Purple cloth. Purple is the color of the robe the soldiers put on Jesus while they were beating him.

* Egg 4 ? Thorns. Branches with thorns were fashioned into a crown and put upon His head.

* Egg 5 ? Small piece of string. This indicates the scourge they used to whip Jesus.

* Egg 6 ? Small cross. Jesus was crucified on a cross for the sins of the world.

* Egg 7 ? Piece of soap. Pilate washed his hands and said he was not guilty of Jesus? death.

* Egg 8 ? Sign with ?This is the King of the Jews.? This sign was placed above the head of Jesus written in the languages spoken in the area so everyone would be able to read it.

* Egg 9 ? Piece of sponge. While Jesus was on the cross they took a sponge and tried to make Him drink.

* Egg 10 ? Spear. One of the Roman soldiers used his spear to verify Jesus had died.

* Egg 11 ? A small rock. Jesus was buried in a tomb and a rock was placed in front of it.

* Egg 12 ? Empty. This egg shows that Jesus was resurrected and no longer in the tomb.

When explaining the Easter story to your kids, be sure to use age-appropriate words and ideas. You want your child to understand the story without scaring them. Answer any questions they have by turning to the Bible. Take your time and make the time you spend with them something special they?ll remember.

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