Aside from Christmas, Easter is the most significant holiday for Christians. This is more than just an opportunity collect eggs, wear cute bunny ears, and hoard candy; Easter is amazing, redeeming grace.
Unlike most of the other kids in our neighborhood, this marks the beginning of our Easter vacation. For our family, this is a time to put aside outside responsibilities and simply focus on the true meaning of this holy week. From this Sunday till next, we will focus on all things Easter.
Join us this coming week as we focus on the true meaning of this special holiday. We hope to share some of our favorite games, activities, crafts, and recipes which all point towards Christ and His love for us.
It is our desire to use this week not only for encouraging our family, but to learn from yours! Share with us your favorite Easter traditions and memories.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Easter week. While this event might be dismissed as common knowledge, I think it would be a mistake to not review its significance with our family.
In all four of the gospels, this event is retold. We are given a picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem, riding a lowly donkey while the peoples around Him proclaim His glory and honor.
What is so incredible about this moment? Several things, in fact! One, Jesus rode on a donkey. Why a donkey and not a horse? Historically, a donkey would have signified peace. Christ had not come to demolish this city or to destroy it; He had come to bring peace and to restore peace between mankind and God. Second, the people laid down palm branches. While some consider this an honor (and it was), interestingly, palms were also a symbol of eternal life and often used in funeral processions.
Each year, beginning with Palm Sunday, we remind our children of this beautiful story. Christ came to bring peace between us and God. He came to die, to pay for our sin, and to provide us with eternal life. He came with humility, with love, and with grace.
Always looking for practical ways to teach our children, over the years we’ve picked various ways to review this incredible story. We’ve watched videos and read books about Palm Sunday. One year, we picked palm branches from out front and reenacted the story! Our favorite song to sing is, “Hosanna to the King!” from a classic Donut Man video.
As this week quickly approaches, we are once again looking forward to digging in even deeper and discovering more truths from God’s Word. While we won’t be doing any ‘formal learning’, I know there is much to be taught and many things to learn. This is going to be an exciting, wonderful week!
Does your family have a favorite story you read on Palm Sunday? Share it with us; we’d love to read it, too!
“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed [is] the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.“ – John 12:12-15