I believe Easter is another attempt of the secular world to “hijack” a Christian holiday. It has become so commercialized, just like Christmas. The emphasis is the Easter bunny, Easter baskets overflowing with goodies, egg hunts, candy, and new spring outfits. I certainly do not believe any of these things are wrong, but they must be put into proper perspective. As Christians, we must remember and emphasize that this holiday is all about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us!
As my husband and toddler ran an errand yesterday afternoon, Good Friday, he witnessed someone dressed as Jesus, carrying a cross, and surrounded by Roman soldiers, walking beside the road. It struck me as an awesome reminder of the true meaning of Easter. Jesus was sent to the earth as a baby, fully God and fully man. His sole purpose was to sacrifice His life on the cross for sinners. God put His wrath and punishment of sin on His One and Only Son, Jesus, so that we can be saved and go to heaven. We can be saved from the punishment of hell because of what Jesus did for us. Three days after Jesus died, He rose from the grave. He is alive! He is preparing a place in heaven for Christians! That is something to celebrate! That is what Easter is all about!
Take time to share with your children what makes Easter so special. If you don’t tell them, they may never know. I love to use Resurrection eggs to tell the story. Each plastic egg contains a piece of the Easter story that children love to see and hold. Read afresh the account of the last days of Jesus in the book of Matthew, chapters 26, 27, and 28. Pray and ask the Lord to show you anew the realness of His love for you. God’s Word is powerful and refreshing!