This article is a collaboration of Alex & Deborah Colon
Imagine biting into a giant chocolate rabbit expecting oodles and oodles of chocolate to erupt in your mouth like a volcano. Get the picture?
Now imagine biting into a chocolate rabbit with that same expectation and realizing there was not a volcanic eruption of chocolate – just an accumulation of air – the rabbit is empty!
This is my visual of how a celebration can go when void of the true meaning and reason for the Easter/Resurrection Sunday.
An example would be high expectations for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus – only to get caught up in yearly argumentative traditions.
Then comes the blessing of having your own children and teaching them about the importance of Easter/Resurrection Sunday.
Do you want to instill in them a solid foundation of why you celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday or would you prefer the hollow version?
The choice you make now as their parent will have either negative or positive consequences or blessings both now and in their future.
I’d imagine you want to instill in them the real story with its eruptive results leading to a proper belief system. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this article.
So here’s a question: Do you know why you celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday? Do you believe its content or doubt it expecting a hollow experience?
Truth is whatever you believe, your children will believe also. Their belief system will adjust or change during their teenage years as they go through their own life experiences.
The “eruptions” of their belief system is what is going to carry them through the rest of their lives.
But how do you provide real eruptive content– especially during this special holiday?
Truth is, most children, and even some adults correlate the celebration of Easter (including its meaning) with Bunnies and colored eggs.
Don’t feel too bad. Even the New Testament writers couldn't find adequate words or images to explain what happened that weekend in Jerusalem.
While the facts remain easy—Jesus died on the cross, and God raised him from the dead—understanding the significance of those facts remains a challenge – yet, not impossible.
Information and factual evidence are at your reach. I’ll leave that up to you to find.
Meanwhile, the important thing is that we know some simple facts about this story:
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1. Jesus truly existed and was who he said he was and is. This seems silly, but in today’s world many don’t believe in the authenticity of Christ’s identity.
This is the basis for explaining Easter to your family. If you believe this, you’ve passed the first and hardest “empty” hurdle.
2. Know that he died and rose again on the third day. This is the whole reason why we celebrate Resurrection Sunday or Easter weekend to begin with. There is no other meaning to this weekend.
If you know this, then Easter is not a mystery or a wonder in your mind and heart. Neither will it be in the rest of your family.
3. Easter or Resurrection Sunday is not about the bunny and colored eggs. It’s about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Son of God. This incident took place because God’s love for you was too much to stay seated on a throne in heaven. He came to die and rise again for you and me.
Ok, so now that you have the important facts down packed, you’re ready to explain it to the rest of your family. Depending on how old your children are will decide how much information you will want to share with them.
So here are 6 ways to teach your family about the real meaning of Easter. Most of these we have done with our family.
1. Explain to your children what love is.
In your own words, describe how much God loves them by coming to earth as a child to die for our sins and rise again on the third day. There is so much information about this topic you can find online, but John chapter 3 and 1 John in your Bible will give you plenty to digest.
2. Read the death and resurrection of Jesus to your children.
If your children are very young, you can use a children’s Bible, or the ESV translation will help as well. This way they can understand it more clearly, making it easier for you to explain.
3. Also, read to them about the significance of Jesus suffering and dying during Passover.
Read the story of the original Passover in the book of Exodus. Show them how the Passover in Exodus points to Jesus, (the perfect sacrificed lamb – not rabbit) and how the reality of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, frees us from God’s righteous judgment.
4. Use traditional items to tell the story.
Though Easter weekend is not about a rabbit and colored eggs, you can still use them as visual tool to explain this great account.
Kim Wier does a great job with this tradition. In her article Finding Easter in Bunnies and Baskets she gives creative and practical way to accomplish this.
6. The main meal.
Many people love to go out to eat on Easter Sunday and others the entire weekend. We’ve learned that we better eat at home on this Sunday afternoon.
You see, we live in a small town and every major holiday all of the restaurants are extremely full from noon till 2pm. If you choose to eat at home, here are some recipes for Easter and ideas you will enjoy. This site is loaded with ideas, examples, recipes, and more.
Easter could be a memorable time of the year for your entire family. Have fun doing an Easter Egg Hunt, eat a Giant Chocolate Rabbit, buy a new outfit for Easter Sunday – celebrate! But don’t forget the true meaning of such an eruptive event.
Remember, while many were having a regular normal day, a volcanic like eruption took place in Jerusalem completing the redemption process of all mankind.
Easter/Resurrection Sunday is a celebration of love. The love of God that had you and your family in his heart and mind.
Question: Can you share some other ideas of how you (or someone else) share the story of Easter with their families? Make this post even better for others to learn from. Share below.
About the Author
Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life