Just in case 30 Christ-centered Easter traditions is not enough for you...
Here is one more that we did today:
We are on Spring Break, so the kids invited some friends over to play.
After doing a few Easter worksheets I remembered this object lesson that I hadn't yet shared with my children.
In Isaiah we read, "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..."
In the carnation experiment, we teach our children how Christ took our sins upon him in the Garden of Gethsemane, but how can we teach them how he can help us each individually to become clean from our daily sins?
I taught the children that like this glass of water, we come into the world pure, but everyone makes mistakes, everyone sins.
When we sin, we become unclean. I added a few drops of red food coloring into the water to represent our sins and we talked about actions that might cause us to become unclean...such as being unkind to others. When we have sinned, it's hard to feel the spirit and the world becomes confusing.
What can we do to become clean again?
We can ask the Savior to help us to overcome our mistakes.
During the Atonement, Jesus Christ became the great and eternal sacrifice for our sins.
(I referred to a worksheet we had done earlier that referred to Christ as The Lamb of God and why he received that name.)
We can call on Christ to help us and to take away our sins.
We added a cup of bleach - representing Christ's Atonement and our repentance - to our water.
We saw the change happen before our very eyes.
Soon our water was clear and pure once again.
And the Atonement really can change us that quickly, but it does take action on our part. We must act in faith by repenting of our sins in the name of Jesus Christ.
I explained that although our water had become very dirty, they should remember that there will never be a sin that the Atonement cannot cover.
HAPPY EASTER, everyone!