When my children were preschoolers we wanted to share the “Greatest Story Ever Told” with them but we wanted to do so in a way that would not frighten them. Let’s face it, the last hours of our Saviour’s life were wrought with unimaginable pain and suffering. Even as an adult I had a hard time watching the “Passion of the Christ” movie when it came out in theatres because of the graphic depiction of Jesus’ death on the Cross. I knew the sensibilities of my children and I knew we needed to be sensitive to telling them the Truth while at the same time being mindful that they were still children with tendencies to have nightmares. Still, the last week of Jesus’ life must be told and every child needs to hear it, so we used “Resurrection Eggs” to tell the Easter Story.
Some of you may or may not have heard of these. Believe it or not there is quite a bit of controversy regarding the eggs, (some think there is pagan symbolism associated with eggs). I will not comment on the controversy, as parents you can do the research and make your own decision whether or not you choose to use this method or not.
For those of you who decide to use Resurrection Eggs, you should know there are store-bought Resurrection Eggs that are available through a number of stores, or they can be ordered from any Christian bookstore, but we made our own using dollar store plastic eggs and filled them with items that we had around the house. Again there are several “recipes” on how to fill the eggs, some use 18 eggs rather than the dozen to add more items and more scripture passages. You can find these recipes online.
Here is our “recipe” for a dozen Resurrection Eggs. We numbered each of the plastic eggs, filled them with the items listed below and then hid them around the house for the kids to “hunt” for. When all the eggs were found we started with Egg# 1, opening it and then reading the scripture verse that went with the item and for each subsequent egg until we had read the entire Resurrection Story.
As the children got older of course we “put away childish things” (the eggs) and we read the entire Easter Story from the Bible and we have made it a tradition now to watch one of the many excellent movies on DVD that portray the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Every year I still put out the basket of Resurrection Eggs as I decorate the house for Easter and I will smile seeing my grandchildren opening each egg to take a peak inside knowing our family tradition will continue with them.
Egg#1 – Palm Branch (use a leaf). Read Matthew 21:8-11. Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The people waved branches and shouted, “Hosanna!”
Egg #2 – Bottle of Perfume (use a perfume sample you can pick up at any cosmetic counter). Read John 12:2-8. Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.
Egg#3 – Piece of bread. (use a crouton, they don’t get moldy). Read Matthew 26:26-29. Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Egg#4 – 3 dimes. Read Matthew 26:14-15. Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Egg#5 – A square of red fabric and/or make a small crown of thorns out of wire. Read Matthew 27:28-30. They stripped Jesus and put a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns on Him.
Egg#6 – A cross. (you can get wooden crosses for necklaces at craft stores). Read Matthew 27:31. They lead Him away to crucify Him.
Egg#7 – A few nails. Read Luke 23: 26-34. Jesus is crucified.
Egg#8 – Dice. Read Matthew 27:35. When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots.
Egg#9 – A tiny bag of crushed rock. Read Matthew 27: 50-51. When Jesus died, there was a great earthquake.
Egg#10 – Some whole spices. Read Luke 23:50-56. Spices were used to prepare Jesus for burial.
Egg#11 – A small round rock. Read Luke 24:1-5. The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.
Egg#12 – Leave this egg empty. Read Luke 24:6-8. He has risen just as He said!
JESUS IS ALIVE!! GO AND TELL!!