Recently, this Mimi and PopPop visited their Little Grands. In tow were baskets full of surprises, but my favorite is always to give the twelve plastic ovals called Resurrection Eggs. These colorful eggs are a way to share the Big Message of the true Easter story.
The eggs are filled with tiny items representing the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. (Note – I would add candy to enhance the interest level of little ones! Then you will have a fun and teachable opportunity.)
Whatever you do, share the good news with the little people in your life.
Here are twelve items within our bought eggs. You could make your own or order from Lifeway or Amazon. Then hide the eggs, gather little ones to find the eggs. Once they are found, invite the little souls to discuss how each piece fits in the true storyline.
The Donkey – (Mark 11:1-10) Jesus traveled to Jerusalem on a donkey. The people shouted Hosanna and rejoiced believing Him to be their Savior. Do you know that Jesus could have ridden a white horse showing a King coming to town to take over? But He chose a donkey representing a Savior coming in humility. He is the Savior of the world! He wants to be your Savior as well. Is He?
The cup – Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples at the last supper. He has the same message for believers today – “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave 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.” Matthew 26:27-28 (ESV)
The praying hands – “He went away and prayed . . . ” (Matthew 26:36-56 ESV) Prayer gives the power needed to do His will.
The coins – “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” (Matthew 26:14-16 ESV)
The Whip – “Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him.” John 19:1 (ESV) He was persecuted for our transgressions. He was mocked. He was brutally beaten for you and for me.
The crown of thorns – “And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. John 19:2 (ESV)
The rooster – “Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:34 (NIV) Do you deny or accept Him? What is your story this Easter?
Cross – “Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” John 19:17-18 (NIV)
The spear– “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” John 19:34 (ESV)
White Linen – “And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud.” Matthew 27:59 (NIV) Jesus’ body was placed in a borrowed tomb.
The rock – The rock was rolled in front of the tomb where they laid Him. Soldiers guarded the tomb for they had heard Jesus would rise again.
THANK GOODNESS this is not the end of the story!!! For the large rock was rolled away by the power of the risen KING!
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)
White Empty Egg – And the last egg to open is the white egg which is the most exciting egg of all! It’s emptiness reminds us of the empty tomb and there is no better news! His empty tomb is the reason we celebrate! He is not Dead. He has risen! He is alive today and wants a deep and personal relationship with you and me.
Matthew 28:6 (ESV) reads, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”
Friends, I could not let this day pass without wishing you a very Happy Easter. I encourage you, no matter your age, if your are a child or a mature soul-sister, with a child-like faith, let’s pause and remember. Let us give thanks! Let’s celebrate and celebrate well!!! Why? We have best news ever! He has risen!
“Happy Easter!” – From me and my girls!!!