The Meaning of Easter

Now that I have a child of my own and coming from a very religious background, I want my son to know the true meaning of Easter.  I feel when you ask, or if you were to ask, most children what Easter means to them, a lot of them say the Easter bunny, eggs, huge chocolate bunnies, Easter baskets, and egg hunts.  And yes, that’s fine because that is what we give kids on Easter, and I’m not saying any of this is wrong, but I do think Easter has become more about what we get instead of what the true meaning is, Jesus and his resurrection.

Not in any way am I saying, “let’s not do egg hunts or dye eggs or give Easter baskets”.  All I am saying is, we should have more Jesus related activities, whether it be, color pictures of Jesus rather than the Easter bunny. Here are a few to choose from:

Easter-Resurrection-Tomb-Coloring-Pages Jesus-Easter-Coloring-Pages

Easter Resurrection Tomb Coloring Page

He is Risen Coloring page

8 Best Easter Coloring pages

Or google Easter Jesus Coloring Pages, there is a lot of great resources to chose from.

Or head on over to my Pinterest and follow my Christian Easter Crafts/Ideas page, I’ve pinned a lot of great ideas for activities.

For older kids who can read, put papers of bible verses in plastic eggs for an egg hunt, rather then all candy. Here is an amazing one I found on Pinterest as well, she gives details on what to do. Head on over and check it out, I absolutely love the idea.

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Easter Scripture Hunt Printables

Watch the meaning of Easter movies.

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I Believe in Easter

He is Risen

Veggietales ‘Twas the Night before Easter

Of course my son will be partaking in everything of Easter, egg hunts and such.  I just want to put more emphasis on what the true meaning is.  I want him to be able to tell people if they ask him, “What is Easter?” “Why do we celebrate Easter?” 

So let’s talk about The Meaning of Easter.

The Meaning of Easter just like Christmas, the real meanings have been forgotten.  But for those of us who are Christians, we understand what Easter is Truly about. But those of you who may not know, I want to share with you the story of Easter.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  Matthew 28:5-7    

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe in this?” John 11:25-26    

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach. Until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.: Then they gathered around him and asked him, Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by him own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” They said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1: 1-11                      

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11  

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9    

How do you want your kids to answer the question? What is Easter? Why do we celebrate Easter? How does your family celebrate Easter?                                                                                                                                                                                   

21 thoughts on “The Meaning of Easter

  1. Catherine Short

    I have very fond memories of the craft that involved the egg carton where you’d place little items such as a nail and a piece of cloth. Did you ever do that one in Sunday School?

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      Thank you so much Angie! So glad you enjoyed it. I know that’s one thing I was excited about for having kids is holidays and fun activities. But main thing is to incorporate the true meaning of each holiday with those activities!
      Take care and God bless!
      Valarie

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  2. Mandi

    I love the Jesus based activities they have for kids to learn the true meaning of Easter. So important to keep that the focus in the home when outside of the home its all about bunnies, candy and toys.

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      Yes yes very true! I agree 100%! If others aren’t going to do it. At least in your household you make sure you do it! Exactly right.
      Take care and God bless!
      Valarie

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  3. Brittany

    I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to teach her the true meaning of Easter! She’s only 18 months so for now it’s all about the candy eggs 😉

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      Haha i know right, yeah my son is only 10 months so he doesn’t understand too much but never to young to start showing them. 🙂
      Take care and God bless!
      Valarie

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  4. Lori

    It can often be hard to focus on the real reason for celebrating with all of the commercialization in our culture. Thanks for sharing ways to help us focus on Jesus!

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      This is exactly right Lori. It is hard but as long as we instill it our kids at home. It starts from the home. And you are very welcome, Glad they are helpful to you.
      Take care and God bless!
      Valarie

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  5. Kristin Cook

    Veggie Tales is where it’s at! They were always my favorite as a kid and I want to introduce it to my future children too. I bet it really is difficult to teach kids the real meaning of Easter (and Christmas), with all the candy and gifts they see at the store, and will all the focus on only fun, no seriousness. Keep at it!

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      Haha yes I grew up watching Veggie tales and have always loved it! My son looks at me like I’m crazy when I’m singing along. Lol! Absolutely I agree it is hard when the outside world is showing it in a different way. Thank you so much Kristin!
      Take care and God bless!
      Valarie

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  6. Lindsay

    Thanks for the reminder about the true meaning of Easter. I teach in a Catholic school, so I keep the true spirit of Easter alive in my class all Lenten season. I love your activities that are Jesus-focused!

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      You are very welcome! That is so awesome, glad to hear that you are keeping the true meaning of Easter alive! Thank you so much, hope they come in handy for you or your school!? 🙂
      Take care and God bless!
      Valarie

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  7. Monica

    Your post was a nice reminder to me that we are the ones who teach and lead our children, making sure our children know why we are celebrating a Jesus based holiday makes me feel like I’m doing a good job with my kids! They didn’t always know but I’m glad I’ve taken my role as a parent to do that. Thanks for the cute resources to add more of Jesus to our Easter!

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    1. mommyatlast Post author

      This absolutely made my day reading this! So thank you so much Monica. You are teaching them right then if they know the true meaning. Good for you mama! Of course, I hope they come in handy for you and your kiddos to have fun and remember the true meaning!
      Take care girl and God bless!
      Valarie

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