Children generally love to take part in special holidays. Passover is a time for great learning, togetherness, and spiritual growth. There are many ways to include children in your Passover celebration, from cooking to crafts. The most important thing, however, is sharing the powerful story behind the holiday.
The story of Passover is meaningful and weighty. While retelling of the first Passover is fairly straightforward, the account of the Messiah may need to be handled more delicately.
The Messiah’s crucifixion is hard for all of us to hear, but his sacrifice for us is of eternal significance. We must be understanding of our children’s developmental stages and personal sensitivities when we explain what happened.
You will need to decide when to present what details of the story, depending on your particular child. Here are some of the main concepts to start with:
- YeHoVaH sent his Son to teach us how he wants us to live and to save us from our own sin.
- Yeshua kept YeHoVaH’s commandments and taught us to keep the commandments.
- Some people hated Yeshua for this because they wanted to rule and control everyone.
- Those people killed Yeshua on a cross as punishment for teaching YeHoVaH’s word.
- We are imperfect, but Yeshua is perfect. He died for us because he loves us, and by believing in him, we are forgiven.
- Yeshua was raised from the dead after 3 days. He is alive, and we will all live together with him eternally!
As you prepare for Passover, talk about the Passover story with your children. Involve them in the preparation, ask them questions, and let them ask questions. To better understand what they are learning, they may like to do reenactments or draw about Passover.
This story is one with so much history, prophecy and significance; it is a truly special one to share with children.