From the time the kids were little, Jeff and I have tried to think of a way to help the kids know the difference between chocolate bunnies, new clothes, colored eggs... to truly understanding the importance and sacredness of this very Special Day. As we were talking to some parents one day about how they taught their kids about the true meaning of Easter,one mother told us that she had the Easter Bunny come on Friday nights instead of Saturday nights. That way the kids could enjoy the baskets,candy and eggs on Saturday and then on Sunday... they could discuss what Easter was truly all about. We decided to try it and it really has worked well for us too.
I hope that Jeff and I have taught them the importance of the greatest event in history and what Jesus Christ truly has done for each of us. When I stop and think about what an amazing life Christ had... from the beginning to end,
The shepherds believed the sign of Jesus' birth and went to see Him in Bethlehem.
King Herod sent soldiers to kill all boys two years old or younger. Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus fled to Egypt.
Mary and Joseph found young Jesus teaching at the temple in Jerusalem.
He was baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.
Jesus overcame Satan's temptations.
Jesus was cast out of Nazareth, the city where He grew up.
Jesus Christ called the Twelve Apostles.
The Pharisees tried to trick Jesus.
He raised Jairus's daughter from the dead.
He fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fishes.
He calmed the stormy Sea of Galilee.
He taught the Sermon on the Mount.
He walked on the Sea of Galilee.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus cleansed the temple.
He performed many miracles.
He rode triumphantly into Jerusalem.
He and the Apostles had the Last Supper.
He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and began to suffer for our sins.
Jesus was crucified.
He is resurrected!
I am amazed and grateful.
I was in a store last night when they were about to close. The sales lady said to us when we were checking out...."please hurry because I have a lot to do before I get to go home. Easter has really messed everything up!" I asked her what she meant, her response was "Because of Easter, we will be closed on Sunday and so now I have to do all my stuff tonight and early Monday morning!" I know that she was only talking about what she had to do at the store, but yet I still felt bad... at even hearing the words." Easter has really messed everything up!"
I thought how sad, we should all be grateful that Easter is considered a holiday and honored... by letting people be off work and be able to celebrate it with their families. I hope that I never get so caught up with this holiday that I forget the example the Savior was for me. I hope that I am living in a way that He would want me to live and I hope that Jeff and I have instilled the importance of this day to our kids.
Have a wonderful Easter Day!
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." ____C.S.Lewis