Welcome to the Cross:
In a season of Easter Egg Hunts and the Easter Bunny, it is easy for kids to forget the reason the Easter season exists. As we come out of a series on suffering and what it looks like for God to meet us in the middle of our suffering, this comes to life in the walk of our Savior to the cross. This series will begin with a look into our own lives, asking, “Why does Jesus need to go to the cross? What is sin and why does it matter?” No matter what age your child, if we don’t talk about sin and we don’t make it clear that we are not perfect, but Jesus is perfect, the cross is just another story like the Easter Bunny. As we make our way through this series our goal is never to live in a world of shame, but live in a world where we highlight how great Jesus is, how only through love he came to earth and lived a perfect life, and how only through this love and sacrifice can we, from toddlers to adults, be made perfect. If you feel like you are repeating the phrases “Jesus lived a perfect life,” “Jesus died for our sins,” “Jesus is alive,” then you are doing it right. We want our kids to walk away from this series knowing the basic truths of faith and that, in spite of the suffering they face in the world, Jesus is greater.
Catechism Question To Review As A Family:
Question 24: Why is it necessary for Christ, the redeemer, to die?
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.
Verse to Memorize:
Romans 5:19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
As you begin to memorize be sure to write the verse and hang it somewhere where your family can see it regularly. Use our memory verse song on youtube to help you sing the words and memorize. Play games that will help you memorize. Spend time talking about the verse so your kids have an understanding of what they are saying.
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Activity with Your Kids
Will need: Hanger, String, Two Cups, Cotton Balls or another small object
Tipping the Scales
In the front of your kids hold up a coat hanger and on each side place a cup with string. On one cup write action and on the other cup write consequence.
Go through a few examples. If you write on the wall (place a cotton ball in the action cup) you might have to clean it up (place a cotton ball in the consequence cup.) If you tear up a library book (place a cotton ball in the action cup) you might have to buy a new one (place a cotton ball in the consequence cup.) Repeat this a few times, allowing kids to place cotton balls and come up with ideas.
Now, lets think about our story today and look at the action. What did Jesus do wrong? (Hold up a cotton ball) NOTHING! I can’t put anything in the action. But what did they decide at trial? He was going to be crucified (put more than one cotton ball in the consequence cup. THIS is a huge consequence.
Talk about how the consequence wasn’t fair, pointing to the unequal balance. Jesus didn’t deserve that punishment, but he got it.
Now do the same for our sins. In the action cup talk about some things we may have done wrong and put cotton balls in. Telling a lie, hitting brother, being mean to mom. Keep them coming until the action cup is heavy. But point to the consequence. We may have earthly consequences, but we do not have to pay for our sins. Jesus already did that for us!