Easter is an amazing time to celebrate. But what is it that we are celebrating? Easter is not all about eggs and bunnies and spring. While those are pictures of what the true story represents, new life or even rebirth, they are just pictures and can distract us from the real reason we should celebrate Easter.
Our amazing God loves us so much. Not because of how good we will be down the road. God loves us where we are right now. He loves us in our brokenness. He loves us in our joy. And because of that great love, God made the greatest sacrifice and allowed Jesus to die for you, for me, for ALL of us. When you stop to really think about that sacrifice, it can be sad and even overwhelming.
But, thankfully, that is just the beginning of the true story of Easter because Jesus is not dead. On the third day, He rose from the grave and is alive! The eggs, bunnies, and springtime are just shadows of the rebirth, or new life, that came from that first Easter.
We are all broken and struggling with things we know we should not do. Let us be honest and admit our faults. God made that sacrifice because there had to be a consequence for our wrong actions. Do you truly believe that Jesus died just for you? Because He did. Jesus is our Lord and Savior and made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
The best part of the story is that when we admit our wrongs, believe that Jesus died but was resurrected, and confess that He is our Lord and Savior, then we have new life in Him. And that, my friends, is a great reason to celebrate. Happy Easter!
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus is alive! (Easter • Matthew 26:20-30; 27:45-50; 28:1-7)
Memory Verse: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18, NIV
Key Question: Who wants to be your friend forever?
Bottom Line: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We will practice this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Today, we’ll make a list of the highest things we can think of, like a super-tall tree or a kite or even the stars! It can be anything that is way up high in the sky. (Have each family member list something. You will add something special.)
When you are done making your list, say: “These are some pretty high things! I’m going to add one more thing to our list. Jesus’ love for you and me. Because Jesus’ love is SO high, we can’t even measure it! (Write ‘Jesus’ love’ in the journal.) There. Now we can pray.”
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You that He came back and will always love us, no matter what. Jesus’ love for us is higher than a (read the list your family made.) That is some BIG love! Thank You again for our friend, Jesus. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.