The season of Lent and Easter is so full of joy to those of us who have been walking with our Holy God for any length of time. It's also a time of fun and wonderment for our kids and grandkids – from the Easter eggs so many enjoy to the glorious praise and worship music that culminates the season on Easter Day. But it's also important for our children and grandchildren to remember the "rest of the story" – the betrayal, the beatings, the cruelty, the abandonment, and extreme pain and death, all suffered willingly for us by our precious Lord and Savior.
That's one of the big reasons I love the Resurrection Easter Eggs. I've found them a wonderful tool over the years to retell the story of Easter and the days preceding it in a way children can easily understand and remember, without scaring even the most timid of grandkids of any age. And as you well know, I also love to incorporate encouraging Bible verses with the Bible stories. This year, as my grandkids are getting older, I've been blessed to share verses with them and you dealing with the cross and the blood of Christ, like this wonderful Scripture from Galatians 3:13-14.
Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing…Through the work of Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing He promised to Abraham, and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.
As I tell my grandkids, when we talk about hell and heaven and the reality of both, they do NOT have to go to hell. NO ONE does. Jesus took our punishment upon Himself and, as Romans 10:9 tells us, "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."
What joy to share this sweet story. And what an even greater joy to see our children and grandchildren receive this precious gift that Jesus has offered to each of us! AND what an important job for each of us parents and grandparents – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation, to continue praying for each of these beloveds and all the other loved ones in our hearts for God's protection, leading, and discernment, now and for the rest of their lives. That's definitely a vital part of leaving a sweet spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds! For more Christian encouragement and devotions, enjoy Internet Cafe Devotions on this Word-Filled Wednesday. And…