Explaining Christ’s Sacrifice at Home
It cost our Savior everything for us to have relationship with God, His Father. We cannot make light of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Crucifixion was such a horrific way to die that some have stated that it is the most inhumane form of carrying out the death penalty of all time. It is something that cannot be taken lightly. Make sure that you are taking the time to help your children understand the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. You can utilize Resurrection Eggs for your older children to explain the events of Easter week.
The horrible things that Jesus went through before His death may be a difficult thing to explain to small children. But helping them understand the reality of what He did for us is very important. One way to help them begin to understand, is by helping them to see what the outcome of his suffering was. Jesus’ death and resurrection opened the door of communication between God and humanity. Our sin stands as a barrier, but when Jesus took that sin upon himself and paid our penalty, that barrier was removed.
To help children visualize this lesson, you can explain that God allowed the cords (or whip) of Jesus suffering to be part of the process to open the communication to Him. The activity that can help children to understand that new communication between God and man, is making an old fashion can/cup telephone. Punch a hole in the bottom of a cup or can and thread the cord through. Put a can on the other end and pull the cord taunt. You will then be able to hear a voice talking into the other end. You can even write “God” on one cup and “man” on the other. Use red yarn or string for an even stronger visual to represent that Jesus blood made this communication possible.
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Do This in Remembrance of Me
As we begin Easter week, choose to make this a week of different focus for your family. We will talk about several things that you can do as a family to make this week set apart from the norm. For many of us who are Christians we get caught up in all the religious activities and don’t allow them to remind us of why we do them. In the story of Joshua, he has the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel place twelve large stones together as a monument. He does this right after they cross the Jordan river. He tells the people that they are doing this so that when the children ask it will be a reminder of all that God has done for them. We can utilize these holidays as a monument in our lives.
Many of us today don’t celebrate the season of Lent. The purpose of the season from Ash Wednesday to Easter, is to set that time apart. Giving up something for the season reminds us that there is something special about this time. It is suppose to help our focus be on God. If you don’t celebrate the season of Lent as a family think about things that you can do this week to set the time apart. Things that you can use as a family “monument” for what God has done for us.
Why It’s The Most Important Holiday
If we are typical American families, Easter is just another holiday about getting. It revolves around the Easter bunny, egg hunts, new clothes for Easter Sunday and church. For many families going to church is a religious event that happens only Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Do we need to do anything different than that for our family? First we need to decide what it really means to us.
If we truly believe what we say we believe then this day we celebrate is what sets Christianity apart from any other religion. We claim to believe that this day celebrates the day that Jesus defeated death. Because God is a Holy God , in order for us to be in relationship with Him we must be with out fault. This is not possible for us, so God requires payment for our wrong doing. For years this payment was sacrifices made by the priests for the people. Jesus stepped in to once and for all take the place of animal sacrifice, His death was the ultimate and final payment for our sin. His death made it possible for us to be in relationship with God. Good Friday and Easter celebrates the focal point of Christianity. We are going to talk about how we celebrate this as a family.
What A Man Needs In A Marriage
The male is much more short term oriented than the female. He is also very performance driven. He spends a lifetime looking for respect, the respect that God is referring to in Ephesians 5:33. Most men have little expectation about what marriage is suppose to do to their lives. So he will quest to find this illusive thing called respect in other arenas, places like work, sports, purchase of “toys”, or others at work. A key element for the wife to realize is that she must choose to respect her husband whether she thinks he is worthy or not. It’s not that he has earned her respect but rather that he is searching for it.
So what can a wife do? She can choose to be satisfied, both with things as well as him as a person. Guard her tongue, like Ephesians 4:29, tells us to do. Guard her heart. Matthew 12:34b says, “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” Find a mentor to encourage you in loving your husband and children well, as Titus 2 suggests. Finally, a wife must make the choice to be her husband’s friend and lover not his mother.
Both husbands and wife’s must strive to understand God’s concept of worth. We are not worthy in and of ourselves but we are made worthy because of what He has done for us. We must make the choice to see our spouse the way that God sees us. It also helps to remember that God is not only our father but our father-in-law!
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What A Woman Needs In A Marriage
Ephesians 4:29 tells us to only let things come out of our mouths that are helpful for building up others according to their needs…. What do those needs look like for the wife? First, we need to realize that society has placed a lot of pressure on today’s mom. She is expected to be super mom. Which means she must cook kid friendly nourishing meals, keep a beautifully clean and organized house, balance a career and creative Pinterest found activities/crafts for the kids, maintain behavior, all while keeping herself in perfect shape and looking beautiful. Many of moms attempt to find their worth in these areas, but unfortunately can’t possibly be all things to all people. Her husband can know the pressure placed on her and constantly communicate her worth to him. A husband must be willing to step out of his comfort zone to communicate that he “cherishes” his wife. Our definition of cherish is, precious without performance. A question that a husband can ask himself is, since our marriage has my wife grown in an understanding of herself? Or has that flower bud we discussed yesterday begun to bloom fragrantly?
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