What is the Meaning of Easter and How Can We Celebrate it?
With Easter bunnies and candy abounding, how can we focus on the true meaning of Easter time - the Resurrection? Find out all the details about the history of Easter below, plus discover ideas for talking to your kids about the crucifixion, and a few ideas for celebrating together as a family.
History and Meaning of Easter
Find out the basics about Easter: what is Easter? Why is it called Easter? Why is Easter on a different date each year?
In this post, dig in a little deeper into the meaning of Easter - more specifically, Holy Week and the Resurrection. Some Christian denominations place emphases on different parts of Holy Week and Phil Vischer explains what Jesus went through that week in a powerful video clip. This is a great post to share with your friends and family that may have questions about Jesus!
To understand the importance of Easter, we should first understand the importance of Holy Week. It is against the darkness of Holy Week that Easter Day is especially bright.
Phil Vischer on Easter
Phil Vischer appeared on Family Life Today to discuss the symbols of Easter and how Christians can use them to teach the gospel. Read more thoughts on how eggs and bunnies can point us toward Jesus rather than splitting Easter into what seems like two very different holidays.
Listen to a broadcast of Phil Vischer talking with Jim Daly, Dr. Juli Slattery, and John Fuller on the Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast. Phil discussed how to talk to kids of different ages about Easter.
After he finishes the story of Jesus' death and resurrection, Vischer takes a few minutes to talk to kids about what those events mean for our lives. Jesus came to bring the Kingdom of God - and we are all invited to be a part of it. But, as Vischer explains in the video, that conversation is tricky to have from a screen.
What Vischer aimed to do in Volume 10 of his What's in the Bible? series, though, was more than tell the facts. He wanted kids to have an emotional response to what they were learning about Jesus.
Kids and Easter
When Easter rolls around each year, it can be easy (especially for children) to think about Easter as a fun Sunday morning, with new clothes and maybe an Easter basket filled with favorite candy and a new toy. But Easter is so much more than that - Easter is Resurrection Sunday! It is a day to joyfully celebrate Jesus' gift to the whole world and what his resurrection from the dead means for those who follow him.
Easter is a glorious day when we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Children get excited on Easter, but sometimes they don't always understand what Easter is about. Read about five ways that we can prepare children for Easter.
Is crucifixion too scary of a subject for kids? How do we talk with our kids about Jesus' death in ways that are age-appropriate?
We asked some bloggers how they make Easter meaningful for their family. Find out their answers in this round-up.
Easter Activities and Crafts
Celebrate the Resurrection with Easter songs and prayers like "I Know That My Redeemer Lives." See more songs and read prayers from various denominations.
Looking for Easter coloring pages? We've put together a list of our 8 favorite Easter coloring pages from around the web.
Taking the time to establish traditions to celebrate Easter has been important to our family. Our kids look forward to these traditions, and, even as they get older, these family traditions bind us together. They help us to have fun together and focus us on the real meaning of Easter- the death and resurrection of Christ and His sacrifice for us.
Invite friends to church or family to Easter brunch with these downloadable, color-able, customizable invitations declaring "He Is Risen!"
With this easy craft, you can make Easter eggs meaningful by placing scripture inside to help your children understand and reflect on Holy Week.
See more about Jesus' death and resurrection in the DVD "Jesus Is The Good News!" Phil and friends explain the life and ministry of Jesus - then reflect on what His death on the cross means for us.