The Wisdom of an 8-year-old
Last night we had our weekly “Family Movie Night,” and we decided since it is Holy Week and Easter is this coming Sunday, we would watch the Passion of the Christ. As we watched all that Jesus endured for us, my heart was overwhelmed by the love that Jesus has for us. All I could muster up in my spirit was, “Why Jesus? Why do you love us so much?” Then, “Thank you Jesus for loving us like you do.” We can’t begin to understand His love for us, because it is a love like no other. A love that goes far beyond our mind’s capabilities. A love that runs deeper than any love we can ever experience here on earth.
As the final scenes of the movie played, and Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of the tomb, my 8-year-old daughter and I got into a discussion about what Easter is really about. As I talked to her about how Easter is not really about the Easter bunny, eggs, baskets, and candy, she asked a simple child-like question (but it was very profound). “Mom, if Easter is really about Jesus and not about the Easter bunny, eggs, baskets, and candy then why don’t people draw pictures of Jesus? All you see are pictures of bunnies, baskets, eggs, and candy.” Hmmmmm…….a very thought-provoking question and statement from the 8-year-old. All I could say was, “I don’t know. I guess some people have it all mixed up about what Easter is really about.”
Are you making sure that your children know what Easter is really about? Are you teaching them about how Jesus gave His life for them? Are you telling them how much Jesus loves them? Are you getting them excited about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, or more excited over the annual Easter egg hunt?
This Easter I pray that we will be more excited about Jesus and all that He has done for us, than about the imaginary bunny that brings “junk in a basket.” Jesus is REAL. The Easter bunny is a fun part of our imagination. Jesus conquered death! The chocolates will melt and be consumed, never to be resurrected. The tomb is empty, and new life is here! The eggs will be forgotten. Making sure we focus and celebrate what Easter is really about is of great importance. The real meaning of Easter carries eternal value. I pray that JESUS CHRIST be our main focus of Easter, and that everything else is just part of the background.
Grace and Peace