“See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death.”
At The Lutheran Church of the Covenant, we call this Palm Saturday. Though this is not the day’s official title, we use it as an opportunity for outreach to the youngsters in the neighborhood and surrounding community.
We invite them to do the usual secular Easter things such as create crafts, dye eggs, and, of course, we have an Easter Egg hunt.
But the highlight of the day is the time when we take them into the sanctuary and explain to them the reasons for Holy Week and why we celebrate Easter. We reenact the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, waving palm branches and shouting, Hosanna!”
We explain the last supper, Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. We experience the silence of an empty tomb and the joy of the resurrection that follows.
It never ceases to amaze me that in each of the four years we have celebrated this day, at least one youngster is hearing the story for the very first time.
The story of Easter is at the heart of our Christian faith. If there were no Resurrection, we would not have eternal life. The importance of this message is too valuable not too share with everyone and anyone, regardless of their age. One is never too young to know.