Monday, March 24, 2008

Jesus and Easter

We've been doing a lot of talk about Jesus this past weekend (at home and at church), with Good Friday and Easter and such, and Kevin's trying to wrap his head around it. Last night he was talking about Jesus on the cross, and he said "how did he get up there?" Then before I could answer, he said "they put a ladder up there and Jesus climbed up".

I was just thinking today how it's so hard to explain Jesus' death and his suffering for our sins to a 5 year old. Kevin keeps saying "Jesus died to save our sins". Which he thinks means he took our sins away, but then I told Kevin we still sin. That sinning is when we do bad things, but Jesus died so that we could still be with God, even though we sinned. I still don't think he gets it, but how do you explain such a thing to someone so young? You just can't.

I really enjoyed this weekend. We went to a Good Friday service, which was a really wonderful way to kick off Easter weekend with the right spirit. And the Easter service on Sunday was beautiful. There was more music than usual (more than a half hour, instead of the usual 20 minutes or so), and I loved that. One of my favorite songs that we sang for worship yesterday was Hosanna (by Hillsong United). Some of the lyrics are:

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I walk from earth into Eternity


  1. I don't think he is going to understand it all after one conversation. I think it takes years and experience to start understanding. Even now I don't know everything about the saviors sacrificefor us, I don't think anybody fully comprehends it.

  2. We actually have been talking about it a lot. We talk about Jesus every day, so it's more than just one conversation--but yes, he is too young to understand it all. He sure knows a whole lot more than I did at that age, though.

  3. what a wonderful holiday. thanks for your thoughts.

  4. I love that he said that Jesus climbed up. Because, really, in essence, that's what he did.

  5. Brenda, you sell yourself a little short by saying that you don't remember Jesus at the age of 5. As your father, I remember that you did know and loved Jesus and Heavenly Father at that age and you knew that you were a daughter of God.