Read the account of Christ’s death and resurrection from the Bible.
The Crucifixion: Matthew 27:1-54; Mark 15:1-39; Luke 23:1-47; John 18:25-19:31. Watching at the Tomb: Matthew 27:55 – 28:1; Mark 15:32 – 6:5; Luke 23:50 – 24:1; John 19:31 – 20:1 The Resurrection: Matthew 28:2-16; Mark 16:5-14; Luke 24:4-12; John 20:2-18
*Discuss with your children what it would mean to us if there was no resurrection. Explain that Christianity is the only belief system that has a living God. (If appropriate, show them a picture of idols – which can be found on the Internet. Do you have a “place of worship” in the area that houses idols? Often websites have pictures of those idols and your children may be surprised that there is idol worship in your own town.
*Write an Easter message on your front walk or driveway with chalk.
*Have the kids decorate a window proclaiming the message of Easter.
*Look up sheep-shearing on YouTube. Find one to watch with your kids. Explain how docile sheep become when flipped over to be sheared. Read Isaiah 53 and talk about the verses.
*Assign someone (probably a parent or an older child) to hold a press conference about Easter. Younger children are the reporters who ask questions about what happened. Encourage them to ask the hard questions that they might be wondering about and allow your family to get into some good discussion.
*Go Easter caroling to the neighbors. Stand on the front lawn (far away from doors) and sing some Easter hymns or kids choruses.
*Memorize John 11:25 together: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live. Make sure the kids understand the meaning of the verse. Then let them come up with motions to go along with the words.
*Look up Gordon’s Calvary on YouTube. Many Christians believe this is the site where Christ was crucified and buried. But of course, no one knows for sure (which they tell you when you visit). But listen to why they think this is the place and virtually tour the site along with the guide.
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