Easter always comes with lots of celebrating at our house. Not only do we celebrate a birthday in our family but also the resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate that Jesus died for our sins so that we can have relationship with Him, and we also celebrate that He didn’t stay in the grave but rose on the third day. So thankful that we serve a God who is ALIVE!
My kids are 10 and 8 now, and I love seeing how their minds comprehend a little more every year and how the conversations around Easter celebrations go a little more in depth. It’s God’s amazing, unfailing love for us that caused Him to endure three days on a Cross resulting in His death, and that, that love, that unselfish love is what I want my kids to grasp.
We teach our kids that agape love is choosing the highest good for someone else. Agape love is not based on feelings but on what it does. It’s an exercise of the will. True love begins when it hurts, when it costs us, right? I can think of no other perfect example that Jesus’ death on the Cross.
Jesus asked the Father to let the cup pass from Him, to not have to do the task at hand. Why? It was not an easy task. His feelings told Him that He didn’t want to do it, but that’s where the true love began as He exercised His will and said, “Yes,” to what was being asked of Him. It cost Him His life, a very painful, humiliating death. He walked in agape love, knowing that His death meant relationship with you, with me, with us.
That is what I want my kids to understand as we celebrate Easter. I want them to understand that the road leading up to the Cross was harder than hard, but their Savior, filled with unselfish, agape love, chose to walk that road, because they are worth it. He died, and He rose again. For them…
How do you teach your kids the Easter story?
Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live between South Africa and the USA. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.