In this Easter tract, the gospel message of salvation is revealed in a delightful story.
Three friends are in search of a lost Easter egg.
They really, really want to find the lost Easter egg, just as God really, really wants to be with each one of us.
Clever pop-ups help keep children engaged and attentive.
It was Easter Sunday! Jake, Aidan and Natalie’s parents had hidden twenty Easter eggs in the park. And the three friends were determined to find every single one.
They made a great team! Jake reached eggs that were on the highest branches while Natalie and Aidan found eggs that were hidden in the thickest bushes.
“One, two, three – ” Aidan counted, certain that they had found all of the eggs.
“Uh oh.” One egg was still missing!
Even as the hours passed, the last egg could not be found. The children were tired, but they refused to give up.
Suddenly, Natalie pointed towards a spring rider in the park’s playground.
Something colorful glittered at its base. The children held their breath. Could that be the missing Easter egg?
Yes, it was! The final egg peeked out from beneath the spring rider. The children cheered with delight!
Jake looked closely at the spring rider. It was shaped like a sheep.
“This reminds me of a story Jesus once told,” he said. “The Story of the Lost Sheep.”
“The story was about a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. When one of his sheep went missing, he left the other ninety-nine to search for the one that was lost.”
When the shepherd found his lost sheep, he put it on his shoulders, brought it home, and celebrated its return.”
Jake smiled at his friends, “That’s exactly what God did for us.”
“We were separated from God because of sin – all the wrong things we have done,” Jake continued.
“But God really, really wants to be with us…”
“I get it!” Natalie exclaimed. “Just like the shepherd really, really wanted to find his lost sheep!”
“And just like we really, really wanted to find the last Easter egg!” Aidan added.
“.... so God sent his Son, Jesus, to bring us back to him. Jesus died on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven,” Jake explained. “And on the third day, Jesus became alive again.”
“That’s why we celebrate Easter!” Natalie grinned.
We celebrate Easter because Jesus died and became alive again. Because of what Jesus did, we can have a relationship with God and can one day be with him in heaven.
Here’s how you can have a relationship with God:
1. Admit that you have sinned and ask God to forgive you,
2. Believe that Jesus died on the cross to be punished instead of you, and
3. Invite Jesus into your life to help you turn away from sin.
You can say this prayer to Jesus right now:
Dear Jesus, I know that I have sinned. I believe that you died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins. Please forgive all of my sins. Please come into my life and help me turn away from doing wrong. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.