Every year my husband and I give our children a new outfit to wear to our church’s Easter gathering.
This tradition gives us a special opportunity to share the gospel with our kids!
We wrap up the clothes as gifts and they open them on Good Friday.
I write this Bible verse on the heart-shaped tags:
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Using words that preschoolers can process, we try to explain what Good Friday and Easter are all about as they open their gifts…
We tell them that Good Friday is the day that Jesus died on the cross.
But really, we were the ones who deserved to die because death is the punishment for sin.
We talk about how all of us have sin in our hearts and we do sinful things. We want everything and everyone to be all about making us the center of the world. We don’t want to worship God like we should because we’re too busy thinking about what we want, what we need, and how we feel.
We need a Savior!
Because God loves us he sent Jesus died on the cross for us. Jesus is our Savior! Jesus was glad to die for us because he wanted us to have what we really need– God! Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and bring us to God.
We try to explain that even though Jesus had no sin in his heart and never did anything sinful, he was condemned to death just like a murderer.
And so on Good Friday, Jesus, the eternal Son of God who had always been alive, experienced death. Death swallowed up the One who is Life.
But Jesus didn’t stay dead in the grave! He rose again three days later on Easter! Jesus lives forever and ever!
When we trust in Jesus to save us then our sins can be forgiven. And God gives us Jesus’ righteousness to wear instead of the dirty rags of our sin.
See how great the love of God is– that he would give his Son to die for us! What good news!
That’s why we call Good Friday “good.”
Then the kids usually have lots of follow-up questions. One time the answer to one of these questions was: “Wow! That’s a really great question. I don’t know what the inside of Jesus’ body felt like when he rose from the dead. But I can imagine that his heart was full of joy.”
What are some of the Easter traditions that your family has?