"It is nearly Easter, and we will hang crosses on the walls of our homes and churches. How do we think of it when it's a decoration? With all of our present-day associations with the cross--an object of Christian identification and adoration--it is almost impossible to see the cross for what it actually was. And when we fail to understand the cross, we fail to properly understand what our Lord suffered on our behalf..."
Have we become so accustomed to adorning our lives with crosses that we have lost the true spirit of what the cross signifies? This Easter, let's get back to the basics and remember that the cross was a horrible, painful, torturous punishment reserved for the worst of criminals.
The brutality of the cross is easy to avoid. Find ways to talk realistically (and age-appropriately) about Christ's sacrifice with your family. He endured the cross, the shame, and the pain for you. The joy of Easter morning is impossible without first going through Christ's crucifixion.
How can your family share the true hope of Easter? Use the crosses on your walls and on your jewelry to spark conversations with others about what Easter really means and what the cross truly stands for.
Check out these creative ways your family can experience the Easter story:
**Family Art Show
Encourage your family to get creative; they can draw or paint a picture, create a clay display, sew an object, build a block structure, take photos, or create a collage depicting an aspect of Jesus' death and resurrection. Share your creations with your family.
**Act It Out
As a family, act out the story of Jesus' resurrection. You can use John 20 as a script!
**The Sweet Truth of Easter
Use this cute poem and a handful of M&Ms to find out how you can use candy to share the true meaning of Easter with others!