Monday, March 29, 2010

Make Resurrection Eggs to Tell the Real Easter Story to Children

Resurrection eggs are a brilliant way to tell the beautiful story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to children. These egg sets are available at most Christian Bookstores but can be expensive. It is easy to adapt the store version into a homemade one. There are many different versions of the resurrection eggs. This one is simple enough that children can make most of it themselves.

12 plastic Easter eggs, preferably different colors
Empty egg carton
Permanent marker
Items to go inside the egg: Bread, coins, purple cloth, thorns (take off a rose), strap, cross, nail, dice, sponge, rock, spear (toothpick)
Print out of the story (below)
To set up the resurrection eggs, you will need 12 to write numbers 1-12 on the eggs with a permanent marker and place in the egg carton. With your child gather the materials to go inside the eggs. You can substitute items for things you have around the house or use pictures. Print or write out the verse to go with each egg. Place the items in each egg along with the appropriate verse. You will want to read or tell the story of the resurrection in manner that is suitable for your child. Below is a guide to assist you.

Resurrection Eggs #1 – Bread
This represents the body of Christ.
Matthew 26:26 - While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. "Take and eat it," He said, "This is My body."

Resurrection Eggs #2 - Coins, real or play
This item represents the betrayal money paid to Judas.
Matthew 26:14- Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, "What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?" They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.

Resurrection Eggs #3 - Purple cloth
This item represents the robe put on Jesus to mock him for being King of the Jews.
Matthew 27:28 Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him

Resurrection Eggs #4 – Thorns
This item represents the crown of thorns put on Jesus head.
Matthew 27: 29 -Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. "Long live the King, of the
Jews!" they said.

Resurrection Eggs #5- A strap, a tiny piece of rope or narrow piece of leather.
This item represents the strap used to whip Jesus.
Mark 15:15 Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified.

Resurrection Eggs #6 - A cross, you can use a cheap cross charm or make a tiny cross with 2 sticks and tie or glue them together.
This item represents what Jesus carried and later died upon.
John 19:17 - He went out, carrying His cross, and came to "The Place of the Skull," as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called "Galgotha.") There they crucified Him.

Resurrection Eggs #7 -Nail
This item represents Jesus being nailed to the cross.
John 19:18- Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Resurrection Eggs #8 - Dice
This item represents the gambling that took place to decide who would get Jesus' clothes.
John 19:24 Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did.

Resurrection Eggs #9 -Sponge
This item represents the water that was given to Jesus to drink.
Matthew 27:48- Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

Resurrection Eggs #10 -Spear (or tooth pick)
This item represents the spear that the soldiers used to pierce Jesus' side.
John 19:33-34- One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus' side, and at once blood and water poured out.

Resurrection Eggs #11 -Rock
This item represents the rock that was placed in front of Jesus' tomb and rolled away by an angel
Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Resurrection Eggs #12 -Empty
This represents the resurrection, the emptiness of Jesus being gone from the tomb!
Matthew 28:5-6 - He is not here He has risen just as He said.

Once you make these resurrection eggs, your children will ask to hear the story over and over. The children can use the eggs to retell the story in their own words. This is where the true meaning and understanding takes place.

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