Easter lessons your child should imbibe
It’s the Easter season, a celebration in Christendom that marks the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It shows how Christ came back to life after his crucifixion and burial in a tomb.
Hence, to pass the message of Christ’s resurrection to children, it’s important to make the teachings relatable according to the Scriptures.
Let your child know how God sent his only begotten Son to the earth to save the mankind from sin through the birth of Jesus as the Saviour of the world.
Teach your child the concept of sin and how it separates us from our Creator, especially with the example of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the disobedience that brought punishment to mankind.
There are other examples in the bible that speaks about the concept of sin.
On the life of Jesus and His ministry on earth, teach your child about the miracles Jesus Christ performed including feeding the 5, 000 and healing the sick.
Also, emphasis on the parables in the Scripture, His compassion and love as demonstrated in His time on earth, which He has enjoined us to imbibe.
The episodes that make up the Easter season are:
Palm Sunday – this tells us about the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem when people laid carpets of palms and clothes on the ground before Christ Jesus as welcoming the King.
The Last Supper – its signifies the Holy Communion practiced in the Orthodox churches today; it tells how the bread and wine symbolise the body and blood of Christ that he sacrificed on the cross for us.
Good Friday – this tells how Jesus died on the cross taking upon Himself, the sins of the world.
The Resurrection – this shows how Jesus came back to life on the third day after his crucifixion and burial
Salvation – This is the redemption of mankind from sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
These would help emphasise the true meaning of Christ coming back to life after his death on the cross. Ensure that the message of hope is also a huge part of your lessons to your child. Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection signify hope for mankind. Teach your child that he must not despair and be disappointed if something goes wrong or if he faces failure, as there is always hope.
It is key to focus on values. Christ riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday, washing the feet of his disciples during the Last Supper – these acts symbolise humility and his dying on the cross for the sins of mankind is a sacrificial act.
Let your child imbibe these values. Teach him to be humble and put the needs of others before him. The little sacrifices that he makes to make others happy and comfortable will go a long way in helping him grow up to be a good human being.
While impacting these Easter lessons on your children, remember to keep them age appropriate with the narratives so it is understandable.