The Easter holiday involves more than teaching your children about the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. During this time of year, our responsibility as parents should be to focus on the death of Jesus Christ and what it means for us today.
In this post, I’ll show you ways you can discuss the death of Jesus Christ with your stepchildren, the benefits of Jesus sacrifice for you and your family and what you can do to prepare for Easter.
How to Prepare for Easter as a Family (Romans 6:23)
As Christians, it is easy to overlook the fact that not everyone knows the purpose behind the Easter holiday or even why Jesus died for us. Do not assume that your spouse has explained about Jesus sacrifice for us to their children.
Use this Easter season to discuss as a family the answers to the questions posed earlier: why did Jesus die for us and how does his sacrifice benefit each one of us personally.
This discussion should take place when:
- your entire family is together
- set aside a specific day and time convenient for everyone
- a quiet place with the least amount of distractions
- and of course…everyone has to bring their bibles!
Once you’re ready to begin, say a short prayer together, asking Him to be with your family as they discuss this important subject. Then you can begin with the first step which is asking your stepchildren if they know who Jesus is and why Jesus died for us.
Your answers may differ depending on their ages and more explanation may be needed on the first part before asking the second question.
The short answer for the reason Jesus died for us is so that we, as humans, could have our sins forgiven and receive endless life. This is discussed in the bible book of Romans 6:23.
Allow your family a chance to look up that scripture for themselves and ask someone to read it out loud for everyone. That scriptures states:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Christian Standard Bible)
Just like Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis, Jesus was a perfect human when he came to the earth. However, unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus proved that humans can be loyal to God even when facing pressures in life.
When you think about it, who faced more hash trials than Jesus? He was arrested, faced trial, spit on, mocked, and had nails driven into his wrist and ankles before dying amongst common criminals.
What was the result of Jesus death? You can consider these 3 very important reasons as to why he died for us during your family discussion.
Jesus Died So That Our Sins May Be Forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
As mentioned earlier, there was another perfect man living on earth: Adam. Both Adam and Eve were placed in a beautiful garden on earth with only one restriction, no to eat from a particular tree.
Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yet, despite being perfect, they both chose to disobey God’s instruction.
Unfortunately, the consequences of their transgressions were not limited to just Adam and Eve. We, as their descendants, are all imperfect sinners as a result.
What does this mean for us? It means that we make mistakes, suffer from hardships, grow old (which isn’t a guarantee,) get sick and then die.
Sounds dismal, doesn’t it? Don’t despair! Our wonderful heavenly Father immediately made a way out of this miserable situation. Yes, this is where Jesus sacrifice comes in.
While Adam’s choice led to sin for all of us, Jesus’ death removed the permanence of sin for everyone who exercises faith in him. As Colossians 1:14 confidently assures us:
In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Christian Standard Bible)
Helping your stepchildren to appreciate how Jesus sacrifice for us was based solely on love will help deepen their appreciation for what he did.
It will also encourage them to exercise faith and love in Jesus and the one who sent him to die for us, God.
Jesus Died So That We All Can Have the Chance to Live Forever (John 3:16)
As soon as you saw this above scripture, I’m sure you started saying it to yourself. This scripture is the most recognized and remembered.
But how can we help our stepchildren to fully grasp the sense of what it is saying? More importantly, how do we help them apply that scripture practically in their lives?
Once again, you can ask your spouse or one of your stepchildren to look up that scripture and read it aloud. John 3:16 states:
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son,so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (Christian Standard Bible)
This bible verse emphasizes what we have discussed so far. Initially, Adam was created to live forever in a beautiful garden. His sin caused his death and eventually, ours.
On the other hand, Jesus death gives us the opportunity to be perfect, without sin. It also gives “everyone who believes in him” the chance to have everlasting life.
God promises us that not only will those of us living will benefit from Jesus death, but those who have died as well.
This would be a good opportunity to discuss with your stepchildren the fact that all of their family and friends who may have died will be resurrected. Their dead loved ones will also gain from Jesus death.
This has certainly been a comforting scripture for my own stepdaughter who lost her mom in death. I also have close family members that I have lost and miss dearly.
It helps when I reflect on how God’s love for me and everyone else motivated Him to provide this wonderful solution.
It saddens me as a stepparent, or any parent, to think of how God felt sending his beloved son on earth to suffer and die for us.
However, I am so grateful for the remarkable hope this opened up for so many people, including me! 😊
Jesus Died to Prove That A Human Can Be Faithful to God Despite Adversities (Philippians 2:8)
As a perfect angel in heaven with God, why did Jesus need to come down to earth and suffer? What did he have to prove?
The issue once again started back in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree that belonged to God. They intentionally disobeyed God and instead, listened to Satan’s lie.
Afterward, Satan implied that as humans, we would never unselfishly obey our Creator unless our lives were at stake. This statement from Satan can be found in the bible book of Job2:4 (Christian Standard Bible) which says:
“Skin for skin!” Satan answered the Lord. “A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life.
Can you imagine how God must have felt to hear that? Yet, we know that Jesus proved Satan false. He steadfastly remained loyal to his father despite the adversities he faced here on earth.
The scripture at Philippians 2:8 is an outstanding example for the entire family to follow:
he (Jesus) humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death
This scripture is definitely worth reading aloud, pondering over what it means for each member of the family and asking each person their feelings on that verse.
For me personally, it shows that we can remain faithful and loyal to God no matter the tests we face throughout life.
Reflecting on Jesus Death and What It Means For Your Family (Mark 14:22-25)
We’ve come to the end of how you can help your family learn and appreciate the significance of Jesus death for us. Are you now looking at the Easter holiday with a more spiritual outlook?
Before you go, I have one final tip. Since you are starting your family discussion with a prayer of understanding, you can end your family discussion the same way.
Give God a prayer of thanks for sending His Son on earth to die for our sins so that we have another chance at a wonderful future.
The Easter break can also be used as the best time to spend quality time with your stepfamily while enjoying fun and wholesome activities.
For ideas on what you can do together, take a look at this post I wrote, Fun Easter Holiday Activities for Stepfamilies.