Three Easter truths for children
By Pastor Dustin Lee
He is risen. He is risen indeed! Easter time is full of celebration in rejoicing in our Savior.
In springtime there is newness and celebration even in God’s creation. Everywhere we look we find egg hunts, dying eggs, egg relays, family pictures and family get-togethers.
It can be difficult at times to keep Jesus the focus when our culture is focused on bunnies and chocolate. Here are three truths that you need to convey to your children this Easter.
1. God loves them.
God had a plan even in the beginning in the manger. It’s quite simple: God loves us. Jesus lived a perfect life. Children need to be taught who God is and how he loves them.
Will they fully understand? Children do not need to fully comprehend every detail of God’s character to be able to believe.
Children need to understand that God is the Creator, unlike man, and that we are accountable to God for our lives. It is very important that children hear us teach God loves them.
2. All have sinned.
It is helpful to explain to your children what sin is. A kid friendly explanation is key. You can say, “Sin is when we make bad choices. Sin separates us from God and everyone since, and when we sin it makes God sad.”
God loves us, but He is just. He is perfect and holy. His holiness calls for an atonement for our sins. Children must have some understanding of these teachings.
The great thing is that their sins have been paid for, and that’s exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. That’s what Easter is all about!
3. Easter is about forgiveness in Jesus.
In this forgiveness you have to:
• Admit that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23
• Believe that Jesus is God’s son and He died on the cross and rose in three days. John 3:16
• Confess that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9
Children need to understand that they are sinners and cannot reach God by their efforts. Children must turn to Jesus in a faith relationship and trust Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior.
This Easter take time to talk with your children about why we celebrate. Discuss with them that God loves them, all have sinned, and Easter is about forgiveness in Jesus. He is risen. He is risen indeed! Jesus is alive!
forgiveness in Jesus. He is risen. He is risen indeed! Jesus is alive!
Dustin Lee serves as Minister to Children at First Baptist Lafayette. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, dad to Lucas and Micah, and husband of Alisha.