More Meaning to Easter

It seems every holiday is crowed with commercialism, hype and rows and rows of candy.  If we are a religious people we need to make sure that each generation is taught the purpose of our holidays and bring more meaning to each one of them.  Even something as simple as celebrating Independence Day has been overcrowded with parades and fireworks and the holiday passes without even a mention of our blessings of freedom.  Let’s make sure our grandchildren know the meaning behind the holiday.

I am sharing an idea today that many of you may have already used or have seen before.  Because our audience is widespread, I thought it would be great to share again.  This may be a new idea for some and a reminder for others.  I believe that if your grandchildren were to receive this egg carton in the mail they would be so excited to have their parent hide the eggs and it will begin a discussion on the meaning behind Easter.  I would send this in the mail even if they lived in the same city.  Children love getting mail. It is light-weight and wouldn’t cost much to send.  If you want to explain the scriptures and Easter story with them, it might be fun to take them on an Easter Walk where you have previously hidden the eggs along the path.   There are different versions and Sandra Jensen and I combined our versions into one and here it is:

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Each plastic colored egg in the egg carton has a number written on it to be opened in sequential order.  Each egg has a paper with the corresponding scripture and an object relating to that scripture.

 

EGG ONE:

  1. “And he went a little further and fell on his face and prayed saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39) FILL THIS EGG WITH A SACRAMENT CUP.

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EGG TWO:

  1. “Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them sleep on now, and take your rest: behold the hour is at hand and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priest and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave him a sign saying Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he : hold him fast. And forwith he came to Jesus and said Hail, Master: and kissed him. (Matthew 26:45, 47-49) FILL THIS CUP WITH A HERSHEY CHOCOLATE KISS

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EGG THREE:

  1. “When the morning was come, all the chief pieces and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: and when they had bound him they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.” (Matt 27:1-2) FILL WITH EGG WITH A SMALL PIECE OF ROPE

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EGG FOUR:

  1. “Then one of the twelve called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” (Matt 26:14-15) Thus fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14 that Jesus would be sold for thirty pieces of silver. FILL THIS EGG WITH A SILVER COIN

EGG4EGG FIVE:

  1. “And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.” (Matt 27:28-30) FILL THIS EGG WITH A PIECE OF SCARLET RED FABRIC AND A ROSEBUSH THORN

EGG5EGG SIX:

  1. “And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.” (Matt 27:31-32) And he was crucified . . . nailed to the cross. FILL THIS EGG WITH A SMALL NAIL.

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EGG SEVEN

  1. “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled with was spoken by the prophet. They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.” (Matt 27:35) FILL THIS EGG WITH A DIE

EGG7EGG EIGHT:

 

  1. “And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge and filled with vinegar and put it on a reed, and gave Him drink. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar he said, It is finished and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost.” (Matthew 27:48, John 19:30) FILL THIS EGG WITH A SMALL PIECE OF SPONGE.

EGG8EGG NINE:

  1. Then Joseph, a rich man, “went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock.” (Matt 27:58-60) FILL THIS EGG WITH A SMALL PIECE OF LINEN

EGG9EGG TEN:

10. “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” (Mark 16:1) “And behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” (Matt 28:2) “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.” (Matt 28:5) FILL THIS EGG WITH A SMALL STONE

EGG10EGG ELEVEN:

11.  “His countenance was like the lightning, and his raiment white as snow.” (Matthew 28:3) FILL THIS EGG WITH SOMETHING VERY WHITE LIKE SNOW OR A SUGAR CUBE)

EGG11EGG TWELVE:

12. “And the angel said, “He is not here: for he is risen.” (Matt 28:6) THIS EGG IS EMPTY

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We hope you enjoyed this post and will use this to teach your families.  Leave us a comment and let us know how much they loved it!  Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

 

Michele

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