The Meaning of Easter
Easter and children often mean new clothes, hiding eggs, candy,
flowers, pageants, family visits, and that is to just name a few of the
whirlwind of activities that take place each Easter season.
Parents, remember to focus on the fact that over 2000 years ago
Jesus died on a cross and was raised on the third day to purchase a
place in heaven for each of us. It is no wonder that many preschoolers
and children do not have a sense of the awesome love God has for each
of us. We give children confusing messages when we place too much
emphasis on the hype and drama that comes with holiday celebrations. We
have heard the phrase “clothes make a person”; remember the clothes
that you may choose to purchase for a child does not make Easter.
Easter is the celebration of the life, burial, and resurrection of our
Celebrate the truth, not what the world is offering. Easter is a
wonderful time to help children know that Jesus loves them. As adults
we recall the events that led to Christ’s death, His burial, and wonder
of His resurrection. A young child is limited in his understanding of
these events, but he certainly can understand that Jesus is God’s son,
and that Jesus loves him. So what does all this mean:
- keep the secular events in perspective
- focus on God’s love for us
- love others like Christ loves you
because God loved us enough to send His son.
Make plans now to be a part and love others like Christ loves you.
Books to look for as a great resource for kids include:
- The Story of Easter by Christopher Doyle
- The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher
- Easter by Jan Pienkowski
- Love One Another: The Last Days of Jesus
- The Story of Easter by Loirain Wells
- The Story of Easter by Mary Ann Utt