In a couple of weeks we’ll celebrate, and we’ll also bow in humility and deep awe. We’ll celebrate because Jesus conquered sin and Satan and death, and God raised Him victorious from His tomb. We’ll bow because we’re unable to grasp the significance of, and the love-driven purpose of, His willing sacrifice for us. The true agony of the cross crushes all pride and self-elevating arrogance before the Lord.
As we adults both celebrate and bow this Easter, we’ll also yearn for the children we know (and love) to know and love Jesus. And so we’re always on the lookout for books that convey to them, kid-style, His given-first knowledge of — and love for — them (I John 4:19). I recommended some terrific books last Easter, and want to do the same this month. This month’s books are all published in England and can be ordered through thegoodbook.com or Amazon. They are delightfully written and illustrated picture books: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross tells the Easter story through a focus on the rending of the temple curtain. It’s beautiful. It’s the fourth in a companion series of books you’ll want to read to your children (and re-read to yourself). The other books in the series tell of Christmas, Jesus’ long-distance healing of a young boy (I especially love this one), and the night the storm stopped.
While you’re at The Good Book Company site, Good Question: Real answers to life’s big questions is a pamphlet-sized booklet you can read with your children, or purchase for yourself. It’s winsomely written and tackles twelve questions like: “Can we know God exists?” and “What’s the point of life?” For Christians, both young and old, who want to think through life’s difficult questions, this is a concise, well-written booklet. It’s also, because it’s meant to point people to Jesus, good material, gently written, to have as a gift for non-Christian friends (where they’ll find life’s answers).
Jesus came that we might have life abundant, eternal and free (John 10:10, John 3:14-16, Romans 6:23). He was resurrected at Easter that we might be able to celebrate as we were created to, in humble adoration and life-changing awe. Read of Him and bow, for He alone is worthy. He works miracles, rends unrendable curtains, and answers life’s real questions.