Season of the Church Year: Easter (white)
Story in Scripture: Gospels focused on Jesus’ death and resurrection (see below)
Today we celebrated the Resurrection of Christ and the beginning on the Easter Season with “Resurrection Eggs.” This activity provides tactile objects that help to illustrate the story of Jesus’ ministry, trial, death, and resurrection. Children will be able to re-tell the story in a new way and make connections to other lessons that we have had throughout the year. These are the objects in the egg (each child will bring one home), with a small scriptural explanation for each.
(1) a leaf: Mark 11:8-10 “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
(2) a dime: Matthew 26:14-15 “Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.”
(3) piece of bread: Matthew 26:17-19 “On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?" He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.' So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.”
(4) a small piece of wash cloth: John 13:4-5 “so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
(5) a picture of a communion cup: Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this b>cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
(6) a small strip of leather: Matthew 27: 2, 26 “They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.” (26) “Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”
(7) piece of a thorny plant: Matthew 27:29 “and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.”
(8) a picture of the cross: John 17:18-19 “Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others--one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
(9) a die: Matthew 27:35 “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
10) a small piece of linen cloth: Matthew 27:59 “Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.”
11) a stone: Matthew 27:66 “So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.”
12) after removing all the objects, the egg is empty: Matthew 28:5-6 “The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
Guiding Questions for Discussion:
Now I wonder which of these seems the most important to you?
I wonder how it feels to know the whole story about Jesus?
I wonder who you might share these objects with? How will you tell them the story of the Resurrection Egg?
“Dear God, thank you the death and resurrection of Jesus! Hallelujah! I am so grateful for my salvation and the chance to be reconnected with you, no matter what. Help me to share with others just how wonderful and amazing you are! Amen.”