“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” (Matthew 28:6)
Explaining the story and meaning of Easter can be difficult for parents, especially those who have very young children. After all, the concepts of sin and death, especially the sort of death that Jesus suffered, are heavy thoughts for children to think about. To be honest, these are ideas that are difficult for many adult Christians to fully comprehend. How then can we explain to children not only that Jesus died a horrible death, but that our own actions made it necessary for Him to do so?
And yet, Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection form the very core of the Christian faith, and are the source of our joy and freedom in Christ. They are the reason that Christ came to earth, the reason for His life, and the ultimate demonstration of His love for us. Through Jesus’ death, we have a hope and new life in Him. Explaining the significance of Easter to our children is perhaps the most important thing Christian parents do.