Category: Children's Sunday School; Easter
(This is the third of three articles written by Jill Nelson on teaching children about the season of celebrating the Resurrection, originally posted at Children Desiring God blog. The first was posted March 22; the second on March 23.)
In yesterday’s post, we talked about the importance of giving children a proper context in which to understand the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross. Namely, they must understand something of God’s holiness, wrath, love, and grace. But how can we do this without unnecessarily “weighing” the story down with lengthy, deep theological explanations? Here is one suggestion:
Before or after telling the story of the crucifixion—the actual events—provide the children with a summarized context in which to understand why Jesus died on the cross.
This summary could include some of the following truths communicated in age-appropriate language:
Interested in a resource that helps tell and explain the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross? Check out Why Easter? by Barbara Reaoch [This is Pastor Ben Reaoch's mother. -- ed.]. Although written as a family devotional, portions could also be used by teachers in a classroom setting.
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