By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Curriculum Specialist
Woodland Hills Church
This Sunday, we celebrate the most incredible event the world has ever known: The resurrection of Christ. When sin entered the world with the Fall and Adam and Eve’s mistrust of God’s love, the perfect world God had initially created became corrupted. Nothing went untouched by the stain and death of sin. But God loved humanity too much to let sin separate us from His love forever. And so He began a rescue mission: He would work with humanity through a specific nation of people (the Israelites) in order to bring about the salvation and restoration of the entire world. That salvation came through the life and death of His only Son, Jesus. His death and resurrection created a way for our sins to be forgiven and for us each to know God and be with Him forever. It truly was the greatest day I history.
Below are some fun and engaging ideas to help you and your family celebrate the greatest day ever.
- Take a nature walk as a family and look for signs of spring such as new plants coming out of the dirt, geese returned from southern migrations, and songbirds chirping in the trees. Talk about how the “rebirth” of nature each spring is kind of like Jesus’ own resurrection – It seemed to everyone that He had died and would be gone forever, but then Sunday came, and He came back to life again!
- Create a “tomb” and large round stone for its entrance using various supplies you might have around the house (play dough, construction paper, shoebox, popsicle sticks, etc.). As you make it, tell or read the stories of Good Friday and Easter (using an age-appropriate Bible such as The Jesus Storybook Bible or the NIrV translation) and talk with your kids about how Jesus and his friends might have felt at various points in the story. Once your tomb is complete, take a small toy or play dough figure and lay it inside the tomb. Then roll the large round stone in front of the “tomb” entrance and leave it like that Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, before your kids are up (or Saturday night if you want to sleep in a bit), set the round stone piece aside and take out the toy figure inside. Leave it open and empty for your kids to discover on Easter morning.
- For those with older children, take time to watch “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (2005) and have a discussion about sin and the consequences of our unwise or selfish choices and how God continues to love us and even is willing to die for us despite our sin.
- Create a mural or comic book depicting Christ’s death and resurrection using art paper or multiple sheets of paper. Talk about the story and how God was working even in the midst people’s anger, fear, and hatred to bring about salvation for everyone.