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Did you know that teaching our children about Easter can be an avenue to practice sharing the gospel? The Gospel is so simple: it’s sharing what we believe about the foundation of our salvation- that Christ died and rose again and has given us eternal life. Here are some key points you might cover when teaching about the real meaning of Easter this year: CHRIST SACRIFICED FOR US If our Savior paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to give us eternal life, how much more can we sacrifice for one another- sharing God’s love with each other? How can we do this individually, and as a family? We can do this easily by teaching the Fruit of the Spirit. We can focus on love, longsuffering, patience, goodness, kindness, self-control, thankfulness, etc. In reality, each Fruit of the Spirit helps us to sacrifice for one another. Ways to sacrifice for one another: Share when we don’t feel like it Pray for one another even if we’re mad at that person Give up something you have in order to make someone else’s life better (material possessions, time, energy) Verses Referenced 1 Corinthians 5:7. Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. And again in Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. CHRIST REDEEMED US. Galatians 3:13. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” So, what does "redemption" mean? Redemption means the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. The fact is, Jesus saved us from something far greater than ourselves that we couldn’t save ourselves from. I'm so glad to be redeemed! This is the real meaning of Easter- and is good news that we absolutely have to share with our kids. It means anything we've done wrong is covered through Christ's redemptive power. He purchased our freedom for us, and that alone has changed our destiny. CHRIST ROSE AGAIN. The best news of all is that Jesus rose again. That is our saving grace: the fact that we have victory through Him. There is victory in His resurrection. Because of the power of the cross we can have eternal life today. Share this with your kids boldly as you talk aboutthe real meaning of Easter and help them to see that because of Christ's resurrection we can have victory over our problems in life. We can have joy and peace and everything we need in Him. Matthew 28:6. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Romans 6:4. We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. RESOURCES MENTIONED Resurrection Cookies Recipe Kids of Integrity The Jesus Storybook

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