In the wake of Easter Sunday, we reflect on the question of whether we should celebrate such a holiday, given that it’s not commanded in Scripture. If anything, we see a remembrance of His resurrection in that our Christian worship services are on Sunday, not Saturday. However, it’s not forbidden that we have one day of the year during which we place a heightened focus on the resurrection of our Lord, and there is great value in it. Namely, it helps us evangelize the next generation.
Here’s a parallel example. When God, through Moses, gives the people instructions on celebrating the Passover, He says,
26 And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’
27 you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. – Exodus 12:26-27
The Passover was to be celebrated generation after generation to commemorate what God had done for the people. Naturally, as children grew up and saw the service year after year, they were bound to ask why it was done. And parents would have the opportunity to glorify God before their children by recounting to them the story of that one night.
Similarly, as kids grow up watching their parents excited about Easter and the church doing something different on that day, they’re bound to wonder at it and ask why. And it’s just one more opportunity for parents to explain that Christ is risen, victorious over sin and death, His work accomplished.
Now just as parents in the Old Testament were not only to speak to their children about the things of God on Passover, but continually, so parents today should explain to their children the good news of Jesus continually. But there’s nothing wrong and everything right with placing even more focus on it during Holy Week.
And when our children say to us, “What do you mean by this service?” we shall say that Jesus died for sinners like us and rose again to save His people.