Written by Kayla Stevens from Lifeway's Easter Study
Jesus understood the suffering He would endure for humanity. His obedience to God and His love for us led Him to suffer and die to save us from our sin and restore our relationship with God.
Work with your family to cover a cross. As you do, talk about why Jesus had to suffer and die.
a small piece of cardboard
a craft knife or scissors
a dark-colored marker
different patterns of decorative tape or stickers
Cut a cross shape out of cardboard, and invite your family to think about how they’ve disobeyed God through their thoughts, words, or actions. Explain that anything we think, say, or do that goes against what God says is sin. With younger children, allow them to color the cross completely with a dark-colored marker to represent the sin we all commit. With older children, consider asking them to write different sins they have committed on their cross shape.
Remind your kids that everyone sins. (Romans 3:23) We have sinful hearts that want to choose sin instead of obeying God. The punishment we all deserve because of our sin is death, but Jesus died to take that punishment for us. His death covered all of our sins and made a way for us to be forgiven and saved. Through Him we have the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Invite children to use decorative tape or stickers to cover the cross completely. Talk with your family about how Jesus covered our sin when He died on the cross. When we look at the cross, we can remember that our sins have been covered by the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice and love. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven!