My grandkids and I have finally started doing our Resurrection Easter Eggs together. I was quite pleased that they are still enjoying both the fun of hunting for them, as well as helping me tell what Easter means – Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. I was also happy that they have remembered so much from last year, while glad we have started early to help them relearn the parts they forgot.
Each time I work through the Resurrection Easter Eggs with them, I try to really focus on one or two different aspects of the Easter story. Today we talked about how sad it was that one of Jesus' closest friends, Judas, betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. We also talked about how much pain Jesus endured – from the horrible beating of the whip, to the crown of long thorns being jammed into his head, to the crucifixion itself, complete with nails going through his hands and feet. Even at 6 and 7, they seem to understand, to some extent, how much that must have hurt. And then I remind them that Jesus is GOD. If He had wanted to, He could have snapped His fingers, been back in heaven in a heartbeat, and been through with all that pain and suffering.
I looked at them and asked, "if He had done that, what would have happened to us? Where would we go?"
"To hell!" they cried out together.
"That's right," I replied. Wasn't it wonderful that Jesus was willing to suffer and die for us, so that we could receive Him into our hearts and be saved!"
With huge smiles on their faces, they agreed. And now I'm wearing a huge smile on my heart as well.
One of the most important parts of our job as grandparents is to join with our families to pray for, share with, and encourage our grandkids to follow Paul's wonderful directions in Romans 10:9-10:
If you confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Another important part, once they have been saved, is to continue to pray for, share with and encourage our grandkids to walk with our precious Lord. As Paul said, in Colossians 2:
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Isn't that also a wonderful purpose for Sandwich Generation grandparents! It's on my heart to do this with both my long distance and my close up grandkids, and I love the way fun tools, like the Resurrection Easter Eggs, help me.
What are some of the ways you encourage your grandkids to know more about Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection during this Lent and Easter season? We are always looking for more ideas and tips. 🙂