Spring has arrived in Portland, Oregon and that means that Easter (April 16 this year) will soon be here.
To me, Easter has always been the highlight of my faith. The Easter story is the culmination of why Jesus walked this earth. The love He had for us is shown in those torturous prayers in Gethsemane, the painful steps to Golgotha, the agonizing cry from the cross, and finally the triumphant raising from the grave.
And I want to share this story with my kids and grand kids.
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Here are several precious books to go along with the story of Easter too –
But you can easily make your own Resurrection Eggs too!
To get started you need an ordinary egg carton and a dozen plastic eggs. Decorate the outside of the egg carton and label the eggs with numbers 1-12. If your children are preschool age, you might want to prepare the resurrection eggs in advance; older children might appreciate creating the set as a family activity or even making their own set.
To use the eggs:
You can either count backwards 12 days from Easter, and plan ahead so that you can open one egg each day, or simply open the carton and tell the whole story at once, using each object as a reminder of that part of the story.
If you focus on one egg a day, you can talk about the image, read the verses, and re-tell the story as you’ve learned it so far. Begin and end with a prayer.
Here is a list of ideas for each egg and a scripture verse to go with them.
Egg #1 Palm Branch (leaf) Jesus entered Jerusalem Matthew 21:8-9
Egg #2 Silver coins (play money or dimes) Judas betrayed Jesus Matthew 26:14-16
Egg #3 Purple cloth Soldiers mocked Jesus Matthew 27:28
Egg #4 Thorns (small thorn or piece of a small rose bush stem) Crown of thorns on Jesus’ head Matthew 27:29
Egg #5 Rope (small strip of leather like they use to make bracelets or a leather shoe lace) Jesus was flogged for us Mark 15:15
Egg #6 Cross (hot glue two small twigs together to make a cross that will fit into the egg) He went to the cross for our sins John 19:17
Egg #7 Nails Jesus held to the cross by love Mark 15:24
Egg #8 Dice Divided up His clothes Matthew 27:35
Egg #9 Cotton Ball/Vinegar Painful death for our sins Matthew 27:48
Egg #10 Cloves Anointed Jesus’ body for burial Luke 24:1
Egg #11 Rock Entrance was closed with a stone Matthew 27:59-60
Egg #12 EMPTY! Hallelujah! Jesus lives Luke 24:6-7
Crack open the glorious story of Jesus’ resurrection. A dozen rainbow-hued eggs are filled with surprises. Pop them open and find miniature symbols of Easter inside. What a fun way to tell and re-tell the precious Easter story!!!!