Exodus 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
God wanted His people, Israel, to always celebrate the passover. It was to be a time of remembrance of what God had done. They were to go through the whole ceremony. They were to follow the plan that God laid down.
Obviously one day the children were going to ask why they did this every year. The children would want to know why the lamb had to die. They would wonder about the meaning of the ceremony. The point was that the Passover Celebration was to never become a ritual. It was never to be something that they just did. It had a profound meaning and that should never be forgotten.
Today, in the New Testament, we are taught to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We should never celebrate the Lord’s Supper as a ritual either. We should be careful to always think about what we are doing and why.
I think the most important is to see that we are to explain to our children. I have this celebration to make me remember but also to help me teach my children about my faith in Jesus Christ. I can explain to them about the danger we were all in because of our sin. I can explain to them how God came in human flesh and died for us. I can explain to them that He suffered in my place. I can explain to them that they too can be saved.
Don’t just take your children along to church and worship. Explain to them what is going on. Tell them why you do what you do. Help them know what is behind it all! You love Jesus and you want them to as well.