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Friday, April 3, 2009

Resurrection Eggs and Easter Traditions

Easter is now only 9 days away and as I walk through all the stores - the bunnies and baskets are EVERYWHERE! I love Easter! Easter has always been a BIG holiday for my family - we do it up like Christmas with a big dinner and huge overflowing baskets! This is the day our Savior rose from the dead - this is HUGE!!!!!

This year my husband and I have decided to give our children their Easter baskets on Saturday evening (Easter Eve) - along with an Easter Egg hunt - so we can focus on the true meaning of Easter on Sunday morning. One of my favorite activities to do with the children leading up to Easter, are the Resurrection Eggs - which can be purchased at your local Christian bookstore, amazon.com and Walmart! The store bought Resurrection Eggs come with a booklet and a story for each egg BUT these can also be homemade! Last year some women in our church home made sets of these eggs and gave them out at church. Wasn't that lovely of them!!! You could do this too!

Supplies:
1 dozen plastic Easter eggs
an egg carton
construction paper to decorate the carton
the items listed below

Directions:
Fill each egg with the item listed (or a picture of the item) and a print-out of the corresponding scripture(number the eggs). Place the eggs in the decorated egg carton. Open and experience the eggs together with your children.


1. (Bread - crouton) 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."


2. (Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15 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 gavethem to him.


3. (Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .


4. (Thorns or toothpick) 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.


5. (Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string) 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.


6. (Cross) John 19: 17-18a 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.


7. (Nails) John 20:25b Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe."



8. (Sign) Luke 23:38 Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.


9. (Sponge) Matthew 27:48 One of them ran up at once, took a sponge. He filled it with vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.


10. (Spear) John 19:34 One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus' side, and at once blood and water poured out.


11. (Rock) Matthew 27:59-60 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.



12. (Empty) Matthew 28:6 He is not here He has risen just as He said.


My favorite part of these eggs is watching the kids really listen and take it into their hearts. This is a great tool for sharing the gospel with unsaved children or for leading your own child to the Lord.



Do you have a fun Easter tradition? Feel free to share it in the comments section!



Walk with the King!

Ps. Check out my bloggy friend's website at Run the Earth, Watch the Sky - she posted a fun recipe for sidewalk Paint today!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Lady Jen said...

We are planning on doing the Resurrection eggs and the cookies for the first time this year. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm enjoying your blog as well. Have a blessed Easter season!

April 3, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Kristi_runwatch said...

Hey thanks for the link! :)

April 3, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Melodie said...

That is a great idea to make your own!! I think I will be doing that this year along with the cookies... and I also think doing the baskets on Easter Eve is an awesome idea!!!

April 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Thanks for the ideas Courtney! I remember years back doing the cookies! They were fun to make and had a great message, but didn't taste too great! :-) Since then we found a yummy one called RESURRECTION ROLLS (see www.dltk-kids.com/recipes/resurrection_rolls.htm) THESE ARE CERTAINLY NOT HEALTHY, but it's once a year!!:-) It's become the tradition for Amber and I to do them first thing on Easter morning before the boys are up and "surprise" them with empty tombs!! We've been doing the eggs for about 10 years now and my first homemade set (at least the carton) is falling apart! The kids love it, and we have to take turns with opening the eggs because they are so excited! Now we have a new set too thanks to Ann and the God's Girlz, yeah! -Diana

April 4, 2009 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous KimmyA said...

I looove Easter too Courtney!!Its my favorite holiday for sure mainly b/c it embodies everything being a Christian means! I mean Christmas is great b/c jesus was born but had He not died and rose again then it would all mean nothing.Plus its the beginning of spring and fresh new beginnings! I love it! I love the idea of the resurrection eggs and hope to begin that tradition this year or next. I love the idea of doing it sat night though! I'm really looking forward to it this year!Thanks for sharing your ideas here!

April 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM  

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