Every single year I find fun ways to make the worldly holidays Christ-Centered to help draw my children closer to Him. It is always a fun because there are so many activities out there that can help get the message across to our children. One of our favorite activities is “Resurrection Eggs”. I will have to say that the reason that this one if one of our favorites is because it is very easy for my 10 year old to share the gospel with his friends that do not know Christ. It is always great to see the kids interact with my son when he is telling the story. It brings up tons of questions that my son is able to answer.
Directions: Fill each egg with the item listed and number the eggs. Follow along in your little story book that describes each egg with scripture. Open and experience the eggs together with your children. Here is what is in each egg and what it means:
1. (Little Donkey) Matthew 21:1-3 & 6-8 “As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Gp to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her, Until them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away. “The disciples went and did was Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”
2. (Silver Coins) Matthew 26:14-16 “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over”
3. (Cup) Matthew 26:27-28 “Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
4. (Praying Hands) Mark 14:32-34 “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
5. (Leather Whip) John 19:1 “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.”
6. (Crowns of Thorns) Matthew 27:27-29 “Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on himand then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.”
7. (Nails in the Cross) John 19:16-18 “So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha) Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.”
8. (Die) John 19:23-24 “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom “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.”
9. (Spear) John 19:32-34 “The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”
10. (Linen Cloth) Matthew 27:57-60 “As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.”
11. (Stone) Matthew 28:2-4 “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.”
12. (Empty) Matthew 28:5-6 “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Holy Week will be here before we know it, finding ways to get our children excited about learning about why Jesus died and rose again has always been a treat. Every year they learn more and more which helps them to share with those who don’t know Jesus. I am excited to see the faces of my sons friend who he will share this news with.
What activities does you family do to prepare for Holy Week? Would love to hear how you prepare.