As the calendar marked off the days approaching Easter, Mrs. Tessa Shitabata and her 2nd- and 3rd- grade combo class at Escondido Adventist Academy, studied about the last days of Jesus, the betrayal of Judas, Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. The theme for the week was God’s Amazing Sacrifice.
After showing a video on the topic, one of the students, Jackson, an international student, asked, “What’s Easter?” Jackson, who is learning about Jesus for the first time, listened to classmates as they excitedly took turns in sharing the Easter story. The students wanted Jackson to know that Easter is not about bunnies, eggs or candy, but it is about Jesus and His love.
At the end of the week, Mrs. Shitabata asked Jackson, “So, can you tell me what Easter is about?” He said, “Death.” When she asked him if there was more Jackson responded, “And…He’s Alive!” The whole class clapped and cheered Jackson on. Moments like these are a wonderful way for children to share the story of the love of Jesus.
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