Monday, April 05, 2004

Resurrection Eggs
At Christmas we use the Jesse Tree as our "advent calendar." For each day there is a Bible lesson, a verse, some songs and an ornament for the tree. Now I've found Resurrection Eggs, a cool way to teach children about Easter. Here's an article from Christian Woman Today's on-line magazine:

The ancient Romans believed that "all life comes from an egg." Although the origin of the Easter egg is unclear, Christians believed eggs to be the "seed of life," and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Eggs are a marvelous way to teach children the Easter story. A dozen hollow, plastic eggs are used and each egg cradles a different item such as a cross, thorn or nail, along with a relevant verse in Scripture. Of course, the twelfth egg is empty, representing the empty tomb, and Jesus’ resurrection. As each egg is opened, the resurrection story comes to life for young children.

You can make your own, or complete kits are available at the Campus Crusade for Christ New Life Resources web site.

Each kit includes plastic eggs, complete with a donkey for describing Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Other eggs hold items such as a crown of thorns, three nails, a spear, and a stone. A booklet is included with each set.

Here are some suggested items and Scripture verses for your own resurrection eggs. If plastic eggs are not available, copy or draw a picture of a listed item, along with the relevant verse onto a small slip of paper. Insert under the wrap of a chocolate egg.

Piece of bread or cracker (The Last Supper) Matthew 26:26
A dime (Judas’ betrayal) Matthew 26:15
Piece of rope (Jesus arrested) John 18:12
Purple cloth (Jesus taunted) John 19:2
Thorn (Crown of thorns) John 19:2
Cross (Forgiveness) Hebrews 12:2
Nail (Jesus nailed to the cross) Acts 2:23
Sponge (Vinegar) John 19:29
Toothpick with foil tip (Spear) John 19:34
Gauze (Jesus’ body prepared for burial) John 19:40
Rock (Tombstone rolled away) Matthew 28:2
The message of Hope and Life in Jesus - oh, how sweet it is!


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