Sunday, April 17, 2011

Resurrection Eggs

Easter is such a wonderful time to focus on the Atonement of Jesus Christ and his subsequent Resurrection. We never had the Easter bunny when we were kids. Our mom thought he detracted from the sacredness of Easter. I agree with her. We still have our Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, treats, and other fun activities, but I love teaching my kids about the true meaning of Easter. Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, he is our Savior and Redeemer. It is only through Him that we can return back to our Father in Heaven.

This coming week I want to have a devotional each morning with my kids, and we will listen to one of these testimonies of Christ each day before school, and sing a hymn to go with it.

Here is one of my favorite Easter activities. This idea is not my own. I copied it from somewhere years ago. I apologize for not having a reference here. You can search and find variations of this activity on the internet.
Resurrection Eggs
Simply buy a bag of plastic eggs and place the items listed below, and the corresponding scripture reference/verses into each egg. Hide the eggs around the house and allow the children to find them all. Then have each child open their egg and discuss what the items in each egg represent. You may want to number the eggs so that you remember the correct order to open them.

For 12 eggs you will need:
3 dimes or nickels
1 sacrament cup
twine or yarn with knots in it
a piece of soap (not pictured)
square of red fabric
a cross (made from toothpicks)
2 dice
crushed rock or gravel
strip of white cloth
a stone
bayleaf spice

Egg 1:
Three dimes

(Matthew. 26:14)
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Egg 2:
One sacrament cup

(Matt. 26:26-29)
26 ¶ And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my cbody.
27 And he took the acup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, bDrink ye all of it;
28 aFor this is my bblood of the new ctestament, which is shed for many for the dremission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not adrink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I bdrink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Or use (Luke 22:39-45)
39 ¶ And he came out, and went, as he was awont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into atemptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, aremove this cup from me: nevertheless not my bwill, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an aangel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an aagony he prayed more earnestly: band his sweat was as it were great drops of cblood falling down to the ground.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

Egg 3:
Twine with knots in it

(Matt. 27:1)
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Egg 4:
A piece of soap

(Matt. 27:24)
24 ¶¶ When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the
multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 ¶¶ Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Egg 5:
Square of red fabric

(Matt. 27:28)
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 ¶¶ And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Egg 6:
A cross (made from toothpicks)

(Matt. 27:31)
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Egg 7:
Two dice
(Matt. 27:35)
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there

You can also have one egg with a nail in it and the reference about the Savior being crucified.

Egg 8:
A tiny bag of crushed rock

(Matt. 27:50, 51 & 54)
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Egg 9:
Strip of white cloth

(Matt. 27:58)
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

Egg 10:
A stone
(Matthew 27:65)
65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Egg 11:
Bayleaf spice

(Mark 16:1-4)
1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

Egg 12:
An empty egg
(Mark 16:5-6)
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

1 comment:

Lois said...

Thanks Lena!! I used that tonight for FHE and Reed loved it!