Recently, I taught this simple Easter Passover lesson to my kids, and they loved it! During this Easter season, I wanted to help my students connect the dots between Passover, the Last Supper, and Communion.
First, I gathered some decorations that I had around my house to help set the scene in my classroom. Around the house, I found white table clothes, a blue table runner, dried florals, candle holders, a rustic-looking pitcher, and a basket. I decided I would put the desks together to create a banquet-style table and use my decorations to create a center piece.
Because I was in the classroom, I purchased battery-powered tapered candles that fit in my candle holders instead. If I could have it my way, I would have loved to use real candles!
Second, I put together the food for the table. I chose to go simple. In Exodus, the first Passover meal commanded by God included bitter herbs, unleavened (matzah) bread, roasted lamb, and wine or grape juice.
For the classroom, I brought some herbs and greens from my fridge to serve as the bitter herbs. I had cilantro and kale on hand, so that is what we went with. Next, I needed matzah bread. I couldn’t find any at the store I was shopping at, therefore I ended up just making my own. Here is the link to the recipe I used. Then, I bought some grape juice.
And finally, I created a pamphlet that would serve as an outline for our activity. In the pamphlet, we start with the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus and His disciples arrived in Jerusalem during Passover. Then, we dive into answering the question “what is Passover?”
Throughout the lesson, students looked up the verses listed in the pamphlet. We would read what the Bible said about the institution of Passover and Communion. Each student had their own Bible along and pamphlet. They enjoyed looking up the verses and following along with my lesson outline.
Next, we then dive into the symbolism of the elements on the Passover table. This leads us to fast forward back to Jesus and His disciples. As the men gather for this last meal together, Jesus uses the elements of Passover to reveal a deeper meaning.
Jesus breaks the matzah bread and tells the disciples that soon, His body will be broken, bruised, and pierced just like the bread. Next, He takes one of the four traditional Passover cups and reveals that the wine represented the blood He would shed on the cross.
Traditionally, these symbols would only have had meaning to the disciples in relation to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. Now, Jesus is telling them that the even deeper meaning of these Passover elements was the foreshadowing of Christ’s suffering. He would be the perfect sacrifice for us, just as the Passover lamb had been the sacrifice for the sins of each Jewish family.
Our final destination in our Passover journey is communion. During the Last Supper, Christ institutes a new sacrament of remembrance which we call communion. When taking communion, we remember Christ’s immeasurable grace and sacrifice on the cross. His sacrifice made a fully restored relationship with God possible!
During communion, we remember, we celebrate, and we look forward to when He will return.
The Wrap Up
To wrap up our lesson, we took a quiet moment to write a prayer of thanks to God for the sacrifice that was made on Easter. We also thank Him that He arose from the grave that Easter Sunday morning!
Once we had quietly written our prayers, and then prayed together as a class, I let the students try the bread, juice, and herbs. They loved the experience!
My prayer is that this lesson will stick with them as they grow up into adulthood. I pray that as they celebrate Easters to come and take communion in their churches, they will remember its significance.
Try this lesson at home! You could skip everything and just use the pamphlet as a time of devotions with your kiddos. You could go all out and make a full Passover meal! I think I hit somewhere in the middle.
Its not too late to teach this simple Easter Passover lesson to your kids. Get your pamphlet and lesson plan here. Looking for other books and tools for Easter? Check out 15 Tools to Celebrate Easter.