In the Old Testament, God told Moses to free the Israelites from Egypt where they were enslaved. The Pharoah of course was very stubborn and proud, and this resulted in the plagues of Egypt. One of these were the killing of all the first born children in Egypt. God told the Israelites to paint lamb's blood (a perfect lamb) on their doorposts, and He would PASS OVER them, and their children would be spared from this plague.
Just after this event, the Israelites were freed from slavery and left Egypt to journey to the Promised Land. The celebration of Passover is however not for their freedom from Egypt, but that God passed over their first born children because of the blood of a lamb.
Now in the New Testament, Jesus was crucified on Passover. He is God's perfect Lamb, and we are freed from "slavery" in the sense that we were bound by sin, and those chains were broken by the Blood of Jesus! The crucifixion therefore is the event that freed us from sin, made us righteous, and we are now new creations.
In modern times, Passover (a Jewish holiday) is known as Good Friday to Christians. This is the day Jesus was crucified. Easter, which is the Sunday, is the day He rose from the dead.
I loved reading the full Easter story on Why Easter's website! This specific post was written for kids, so you can enjoy it with your whole family! Click here to read it too:
The Full Easter Story for kids
In addition to pointing out God's amazing love story with us, I would also like to add this:
A very important part of Easter is Communion, and I think an awesome way of celebrating it.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
The Greek word used for communion in 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 is koinonia, which translated means: participate or share something with others.
We are all partakers and share the Blood and Body of Jesus. Communion is a reminder not only of Jesus' last meal with his disciples, but of how we are all connected as the body of Christ. How important is it to you to share?
I have had Communion with my hubby with red Tropika and chips in a car at a petrol station. Now this may of course be frowned upon because it wasn't unleavened bread or wine, but is that the point of Communion?
I'll leave you with this: God loves you dearly, you are FREE, and you are precious to Him, and I hope your Easter is blessed greatly, and that you share and partake in love this weekend!