Recently, we celebrated Easter and since that time, parents have been sending in fantastic questions kids have had; many of them related to Easter. I am going to do my best to answer PART 2 of the more complex questions :Why Did Jesus Die?
We use a story about two children who disobey the rules and play ball in the house. This ends with a window being broken and the understanding that someone must cover the cost of this mistake. The children realize they can not fix such an expensive mistake and must be forgiven and helped by their parents. Though the parents were not the ones that broke the window, out of love and their ability to have money, they are able to cover this cost.
We use this example and connect the dots to the Bible that:
1. Our sin is very serious.
2. No human & no amount of money can fix our sins. Jesus is the only one who can save us. He never sinned.
3. Jesus cleaned up the mess we made and absorbed the cost himself when he died on the cross.
4. We all sin and can ask Jesus to forgive us.
Resources for parents:
The Reason for God by Tim Keller. This is an adult book and covers many difficult questions which you can study and then teach your child on their level.
5 Truths About the Death of Jesus This is an adult article from the Desiring God website. You will need to bring this down to a child's level but it is a good guide of what to begin covering with them.
The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross Kids book that addresses sin and the cross.
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