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What a Chocolate Bar Taught Me About Salvation

It was the night before Easter. The night before the big celebration.

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We quieted our hearts while the four year old asked if he could eat his bread yet and the toddler squirmed around in Daddy’s lap reaching for the grape juice.

We knelt together, the four of us, and prayed for the Holy Spirit to convict our hearts of sin, of the wrong we had done against Him and each other.

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Pen in hand, I scrolled the sins confessed by the three of us who can talk on a yellow piece of paper. We tore each one out and folded them gently in our hands as we asked God to forgive us.

We placed our sins in the basket and talked about the bitterness of sin. We drank from a cup of vinegar to remember.

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Then, Daddy led us all through communion – the bread and the wine were blessed nourishment after tasting the bitterness of the vinegar. The juice sweet and the bread soothing.

We remembered. We remembered Jesus on Calvary Hill. And we remembered Jesus buried in the tomb.

Dead.

Sacrificed.

Poured out as a drink offering for our sin.

The sheet covered the basket, burying our sins with Jesus in the tomb.

The little ones wondered at this strange night of family devotions, and they sauntered up to bed tired and confused.

Why did Jesus have to die?

Did it really have to end like that?

Day breaks and just as the sun begins to peep over the tree line, little bodies begin to stir and to babble, eager to begin a new day.

But wait! We remember the basket. Our sins. Jesus lying dead in the tomb.

Downstairs I wait for the children to come down. My camera poised for the first crack of a smile, the first shout of glee.

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They walk cautiously over to their basket. It looks different. It’s not the way they left it.

The sheet is gone. The stone is rolled away.

The sins have been replaced with gifts and candy and everything that makes them happy! Everything that makes them feel loved!

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And then they see it.

The chocolate.

Without thinking, the oldest rips open the bar and takes a big delectable bite.

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He kneels before his brother who runs to the chocolate bar and begins to eat from the other side.

Neither considering that perhaps they should first ask for permission to eat the candy.

They just enjoy the gift.

Freely.

Fully.

With abandon.

Their sins are gone and in its place is the most beautiful gift. Completely free. Completely available.

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Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! ~Psalm 34:8

My children never cease to teach me the depths of the glory of the Cross. They never fail to awaken me to the basic and most simple truth of the Gospel – it is all of grace.

My sins are gone. Jesus washed away all my sins and in His wake He left the gift of eternal life.

We don’t need permission to reach out and grab hold of the gift He is offering. We don’t need to even move cautiously.

The gift is there. It’s ours. We can run with abandon to Jesus our Savior.

Jesus isn’t dead anymore!

He is risen!

We are forgiven!

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 6:23

Do you treat salvation as a delectable gift to be enjoyed? Are you free in Christ?

This post is full of meaningful ways to share the meaning of Easter with your family. There is something for toddlers all the way up to high schoolers. Plus a great outreach idea you can do as a family.

Click here to check out some meaningful ways to celebrate Easter as a family!

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4 Comments

  1. I absolutely love this post! I was so excited to find your post about burying the sins. It was the night before Easter that I found it and I’m so glad because we were able to pull it off. It broke my 3-year-old’s heart that Jesus had to die, but she understood, and the whole day of Easter she kept exclaiming He is risen!!! He is risen!!! It seemed to have really impacted her more about His resurrection when she understood His death. She would keep repeating it throughout the day as if it was the first time she had ever heard it. She was also excited to receive a new pearl necklace as we explained to her that Jesus was a “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13). I love the way you describe the gusto of your boys and paralleled it to the gospel. Oh to have faith like a child!

  2. I so enjoyed your spirit filled post. It has blessed my heart. Thank you. GOD bless you and your lovely family.

  3. I don’t know that I would have seen two boys eating a chocolate bar and realized the significant metaphor before me. Thank you for writing this post. I believe it is when our eyes are fixed on Jesus that these little moments can have such meaning and teach us lessons. I pray that I can fix my eyes on Him and have my heart in the right place so that I can see these moments and know what God is teaching.