Another Easter has come and gone. All the hair fixing and getting into pretty dresses–at least for us with our four Creative K girls–is done.
The deviled eggs are eaten.
The desserts are gone.
So Easter is over, right? NO!! That is not right! If you are a believer, everyday is Easter! At least the reason for Easter–the knowledge that Jesus died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again so that every person could be delivered from their sins if they believe–is true every day! Since today was the international celebration of Easter, that fact was brought to the forefront of many people’s thoughts and minds. We do give our kids some candy; and we do decorate some eggs; and at Grandpa’s and Grandma’s house, the kids do have an Easter egg hunt. Those are some fun memories we make. But how can we keep in our children’s minds the REAL reason for Easter? I know there are many creative ways we can show the importance of what the true meaning of Easter, but here are a few ways our family tried to prepare our hearts:
We have family devotions, and normally our children each pick out a Bible story one night a week that they want read to them from the millions of books we own (slight exaggeration!). Five kids = five nights of devotions = perfect! (We don’t do it on Wednesdays and Sundays as we are in church those nights.) The last couple nights of devotions, we have used the resurrection eggs for devotions. Each child gets to hold an egg, and when we get to the Scripture that goes along with their egg, we read the passage, and they get to guess what they think is in the egg. Then we talk about how that was a part of the Easter story. There are objects such as a donkey, coins for 30 pieces of silver, a piece of leather to symbolize the whipping Jesus received, and the last egg is empty for the empty tomb! There is also a booklet comes with the eggs to tell what passages of the Bible could be read with each egg and a description of what each object symbolizes.
- We sing songs about the cross or death of Christ and about His resurrection. Every night after our devotions, we let each child pick a song they want to sing. Many times the songs are choruses like “Jesus Loves Me” and “Twelve Men Went to Spy on Canaan”; but before Christmas and Easter, we have them choose Christmas and “Easter” songs. We have a couple of hymnals with us that can help them in their decision-making process. What great words we find in these old hymns that lift our hearts and inspire deeper love for Christ and what He did for us!
Take for example the words of the first three verses of The Old Rugged Cross:
1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.
2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.
3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me.
Or how about the lyrics of the first verse of At the Cross:
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
And then there are the triumphant songs that are so fun to sing at Easter such as Christ Arose!
1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
There are so many more! We enjoyed singing these songs together as a family.
There are also wonderful songs that can be played in our homes that will encourage us to think on what Christ did for us. I am not one who always has music playing in the house. Sometimes, it is just seems like more noise to me; and with five children, the last thing I need is more noise! However, I did play one CD a few times this past week, and this is the song that really spoke to my heart as I anticipated Easter:
Here is Love
Here is love, vast as the ocean, Lovingkindness as the flood, When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, Shed for us His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He can never be forgotten, Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.
On the mount of crucifixion, Fountains opened deep and wide; Through the floodgates of God’s mercy Flowed a vast and gracious tide. Grace and love, like mighty rivers, Poured incessant from above, And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice Kissed a guilty world in love.
Let me all Thy love accepting, Love Thee, ever all my days; Let me seek Thy kingdom only And my life be to Thy praise; Thou alone shalt be my glory, Nothing in the world I see. Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me, Thou Thyself hast set me free.
In Thy truth Thou dost direct me By Thy Spirit through Thy Word; And Thy grace my need is meeting, As I trust in Thee, my Lord. Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring Thy great love and power on me, Without measure, full and boundless, Drawing out my heart to Thee.
We go to church where others will also teach them about Christ. For the last two weeks in Wednesday night church, the children’s pastor has taught the children about what Easter truly means. So Joshua, my 4 year old, has been walking around the house the past two weeks, sporadically saying, “Easter isn’t about candy or Easter egg hunts. It’s about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the grave on the 3rd day!” It’s so cute to hear!
So Easter is not over!! We had so much fun singing the “Easter” hymns–which are really hymns for all year long– that we will continue to sing them in our family devotions. May we ever keep in front of us the wonder and excitement of what Christ did for us; and then serve Him out of love and gratitude.
I Corinthians 15:3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Link for the Resurrection Eggs