Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Easter eggs

We are praying for court today...waiting with joyful expectation for this to unfold as He wills it. As we wait for news of Moses' court date, we continue with our Lenten celebrations, including retelling the Easter story with our set of "Resurrection Eggs." You can purchase something like we have made, but it is great fun to make your own, especially if you have kiddos who can be a part of the creative process. The boys spent a good part of this morning opening the eggs and talking about the Easter story and what each symbol in each egg represented. See below for instructions to make a set like ours. Enjoy!

Place twelve plastic Easter eggs in an egg carton. Number and fill the eggs with the following items.
1) Bread or cracker
2) 30 coins
3) Whip (I made mine from a piece of leather and a tiny stick)
4) Piece of purple cloth
5) Thorny branch (or fashion it into a crown – I just cut a piece of my rose bush)
6) Cross
7) Piece of paper/sign declaring THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS
8) Nail(s)
9) Piece of sponge
10) Spear (I snagged a toy one from Monte’s Playmobil set)
11) Stone
12) EMPTY! Like the grave!

Scripture corresponding with each egg:
1) Matthew 26:26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 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.”

2) Matthew 26:15 “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) Mark 15:15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

4) Mark 15:17 They put a purple robed on him…

5) Mark 15:17 …then they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.

6) John 19:17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him…

7) Matthew 37:37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

8) John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he [Thomas] said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

9) John 19:29-30 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

10) John 19:34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

11) Luke 24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb…

12) Luke 24:6 He is not here; He has risen!


The Waters said...

Just written all this out. We will hide eggs no. 1 -10 today (Good Friday) and 11 and 12 on Sunday. I think we might change the nails scripture so that it fits in chronologically rather than having the Thomas account the middle of the crucifixion.
Love you all
Sarah xx

Sarah said...

Just come here again to copy this to my 'All in a year book' so we have a hard copy to go to each year....