3 Things Our Children Need to Know about Easter

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Easter is, by tradition, the time of year we remember the sufferings, the death, and the resurrection of our Lord. The truths of the crucifixion account should be impressed on the minds of our children, not to be remembered simply once a year, but as the very foundation for the transformation of lives.
To understand how we should live as believers we need to understand the price that was paid for our souls.  {1 Corinthians 6:19-20}
To get just a tiny glimpse of the love God has for us we need to look at what He gave so that we could have eternal life. {John 3:16}

While there are many things our children need to know about the Biblical account of the death and resurrection of Christ, we have pinpointed three things our children need to know about Easter:

1. Blood is needed for the forgiveness of sin.

2. He suffered and then He defeated death.

3. We are to remember and proclaim His death.

1. Blood is needed for the forgiveness of sin.
When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God they chose to reject a relationship with Him as He had desired to have with mankind. Sin entered the world through their choice and sin cannot be in the presence of God. He is holy and perfect and that which is not holy and perfect cannot stand before Him. But God is just and gracious and from the beginning of creation He had a plan to redeem mankind from the foolishness of our own choices. This is huge! He gave us a choice, we chose sin, and He so desperately wants a relationship with us He had a plan in place to free us from our sin.

All through the Old Testament we see a story being weaved and pictures that are richly painted for us to now reflect on, and the symbols were there for the Israelite nation to point them to their coming Messiah.

Way back in the garden when sin entered the world an awareness of nakedness came with it. Adam and Eve had roamed without clothing and without shame until they disobeyed God, and then with sin came shame and they tried to hide their bodies by sewing together leaves. This was not sufficient and God in His great mercy provided them with animal skins to clothe them – blood was shed to provide a covering for their naked bodies.

All through the Old Testament, year after year, we see the High Priest offering blood sacrifices for the sins of the people. He would enter the Tabernacle – the earthly dwelling place of God – and go through the thick, solid veil into the Holy of Holies – the very presence of God where only the High Priest could enter – and he would offer the blood on the mercy seat.
Blood has always been necessary for the forgiveness of sins. But the blood of animals is not sufficient to take away sin. The sacrifices of animals was necessary year after year because it simply covered the sin, it did not remove it.

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” {Hebrews 9:22}

“But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” {Hebrews 10:3&4}

God had a plan to fulfill the law – which required blood – and allow sinful man access to Him by removing our sin! Not because of anything good we could do, but because of His great mercy.

2. He suffered and then He defeated death.
When the Lord Jesus came to earth, born as a babe, He came with the purpose of saving mankind. But He didn’t come in the way we think of gallant rescuers coming, and He didn’t conquest in the way we  tend to consider battles won. What does that say of our own perspective of strength and might?

The Lord Jesus was born to a poor family and He had a simple, humble life. He served many – He was even the one to bend over and wash the dusty feet of His disciples! He talked to people whom the religious leaders thought were unworthy. He healed people that society ignored. He challenged the teachings and view points of the Jewish authorities. He came to fulfill the law. He came so that we could be made righteous – so that we could have a right standing before God. So that our sins could be removed.

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” {Romans 5:19}

The Lord Jesus never became anything less by choosing to come to earth and by choosing to die – He was God and yet became fully human so that He could allow His blood to be offered as a payment for our sin. And oh, how He suffered. He was betrayed, rejected, hated, scorned. He was beaten, whipped, bloodied and bruised. His hands and His feet had nails hammered through them. He was spit on and mocked.  He took the punishment for the sins of the world and He felt the wrath of God poured out. 

And His blood was enough. It was sufficient. Because His blood was offered as a payment for our sins our sins can be forgiven. What animal sacrifices could only symbolize His blood could perfect. Our sins can now be removed, not simply covered, and we can have access to God and be in His very presence.

“For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer Himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” {Hebrews 9:24-26}

He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. He choose freely and fully to go to the cross but He conquered death because death has no power over Life.

” God raised Him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.” {Acts 2:24}

3. We are to remember and proclaim His death.
The Lord Jesus wants us to remember His death. His death is the very essence of our life, but we are prone to forget. To forget our great need of salvation and to forget His great sacrifice. And so He tells us to remember and proclaim His death. 

His death is the fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem mankind.
His death is the ultimate example of obedience.
His death is the most beautiful picture of obedience.
His death is the most precious expression of love. 

He wants us to remember. Remember what it cost. Remember why He did it. Remember for whom it was for. Remember what the blood of the Spotless Lamb purchased.

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” {1 Corinthians 11:23-26}

When we remember we are obeying, we are worshiping, we are overwhelmed with thankfulness, and we are left with an indescribable joy.

Jessica Lynette

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