This video is part of our Lenten Creative Devotions series.
Have you ever wondered how to approach the topic of Jesus’ death with our children—focusing not on the gory but on the glorious truths of what Jesus accomplished through His death?
I’m no expert, but here’s one (creative) way I’m teaching these truths to my kids, using a simple Passover Lamb craft. (Yes, this Creative Devotion is geared toward children, but I’ll admit I get choked up every year. It just really drives home how precious the Lamb of God is, slain for the sins of the world. And if you’re a kinesthetic learner, you might especially benefit from this craft yourself!)
Children understand physical object lessons easier than abstract ideas, so we can use stories they’re familiar with to help them understand Jesus’ death. Here’s what we did.
Yesterday, we read the story of the ten plagues in Egypt from the Jesus Storybook Bible.
I printed a picture of a lamb, and then had my kids trace it on cardboard, cut out the shapes, and wrap white yarn around their cardboard lamb. While their hands were busy, we talked about how Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God, and because of His blood, death and punishment has passed over those who belong to him. We’re saved because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
We ended by thanking Jesus for being our Passover Lamb, and then placed the craft with other Lenten crafts we’ve been working on, which I keep on a tray in the kitchen so we can continue to pick them up and talk about them in the weeks leading up to Easter.
Like I said, I’m not an expert, and I certainly am not a crafty mom, but this was doable even for us!!
Your Next Step
Whether you’re watching this video during Lenten season or not, plan for an hour in the next week when you can talk with your kids about why Jesus’ sacrifice is so precious. Depending on the ages of your children, today’s Creative Devotions craft may or may not be appropriate, but think of other creative ways you can bring this up in conversation, and share with them why Jesus is precious to you. If you don’t have children at home, ask God to show you which young people in your life you may encourage in a specific way, to love Him more.
Scriptures to Read
Uncovering the Love of Jesus: A Lent Devotional, by Asheritah Ciuciu
How Do I Talk to My Kids About Jesus’ Death? article on Risen Motherhood
Creative Confession: Jar of Ashes and Crowns of Righteousness (video in Creative Devotions Collection)