The Story of the Resurrection Eggs for Little Hearts
It’s Easter time again, and when we were younger, Daddy would make it a point to get us Easter eggs with chocolates in them. I did not particularly like the crust but would enjoy eating the chocolates. Today, I would like to introduce you all to some very special Easter eggs. They are also called the resurrection eggs. You can make them on your own and you can share the Easter story with your friends. Festivals are a nice time to tell your friends about Jesus and how much He means to you.
Each of the eggs will hold an object related to the story of Jesus. We begin with Palm Sunday and go on till Easter, 12 eggs in total. You can get these plastic eggs at any store and name them 1 to 12 with the object in it. Use the attached pdf and print the pictures and store them in each egg. You can then open each egg and tell the story to your friends. You can also try to get tiny objects and keep them in the eggs.
Egg 1 – Jesus rode on a donkey to Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1 to 11) – If you are using objects, a leaf cut in shape of palm will also be fine. – The Lord Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem which was prophesied in the Old Testament in Zechariah 9:9. People were excited to see Jesus. They laid their coats down on the road for his donkey to walk on. They waved branches and shouted ‘Hosanna!’ (which means ‘Saviour’) and ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’.
Egg 2 – Jesus sold for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14 to 16) – You can use some small coins as the object. The chief priests were jealous of the Lord Jesus. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot agreed to hand over Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Egg 3 – The Last Supper with His disciples (Matthew 26:26 – 29) – You can use a small piece of bread as the object. On the night Jesus would be betrayed by Judas, he had a ‘last supper’ with his 12 disciples. After they’d eaten, Jesus took bread, broke it and said it was like his body, which was going to be broken for them (and us). He then poured some wine, and said it was like his blood, which was going to be poured out. This was symbolic of the sacrifice Christ paid for our sins.
Egg 4 – Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36 – 46) – The object can be flowers. The Lord Jesus knew that He was going to be crucified and the weight of the sins of the whole world would be upon Him. He told the Father to take away the cup of suffering from him if possible but then He prayed “Lord not my will but thy will be done”
Egg 5 – Peter using the sword to cut the ear of a soldier (Matthew 26:51-52). You can use a tiny plastic sword or you can make one with card stock and keep it. After Jesus had finished praying, Judas arrived, along with a crowd of servants sent by the high priests to arrest him. One of Jesus’ friends drew his sword and cut off the ear of the one who arrested him. But Jesus healed the ear. Violence is not God’s way.
Egg 6 – Crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head (Matthew 27:29). You can try making a small crown with broomstick pieces. The Lord Jesus was led to be crucified. They mocked him, made fun of him, and placed a crown of thorns on His head and mocked him saying Hail king of the Jews.
Egg 7 – A Heavy Wooden Cross (Matthew 27:32). You can keep a tiny cross. When Jesus had been stripped, flogged and spat on, he was led away to be crucified. Jesus was so weak that another man – Simon from Cyrene – had to carry the heavy wooden cross to the place where he would be crucified: Golgotha – which means ‘place of the skull’.
Egg 8 – Nailed to the cross (Matthew 27:35). You can use small nails. Just imagine driving nails through your hands and feet. A small hurt and the tears just flow. Christ bore so much agony so that we may be saved from our sins. When they arrived at Golgotha, the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross and crucified him. They divided up his clothes among them, as David had prophesied in Psalm 22:18.
Egg 9 – Jesus was offered a sponge soaked in vinegar to drink (Matthew 27:48). You can use tiny sponge. When Jesus was on the cross, there was darkness – from 12 noon to 3pm. Then he called out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” echoing Psalm 22. A bystander offered him a sponge soaked in vinegar, on a staff, to drink. Then Jesus died, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Egg 10 – Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb (Matthew 27: 59, 60). You can use small white piece of cloth. Later on, Joseph from Arimathea (who had become a follower of Jesus) asked Pilate for Jesus’ body. He took it, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and put it in his own tomb.
Egg 11 – A huge heavy stone was kept in front of the tomb to guard it (Matthew 27:60). You can keep a small stone. Joseph rolled a heavy stone in front of the tomb. Then he left. The soldiers put a seal on the stone, and stood guard, keeping watch in case the disciples came to steal Jesus’ body so that they could pretend he’d come back to life.
Egg 12 – Jesus Christ is alive (Matthew 28:1 -6). Leave the egg empty. On the third day, the day after the Sabbath (rest day), Mary Magdalene and some other women who were friends with Jesus, went to the tomb. Imagine their amazement when they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty! They ran to tell the other disciples. Later, Jesus appeared to them – and others – many times. Jesus is alive!
Jesus Christ is alive. We serve a risen Savior. It is important that our children know the good news that the Lord Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the third day. Because He lives I can face tomorrow!!