This is a meaningful idea to tell the stories of Easter in a unique and fun way. Starting the Monday before Easter you will need to do a little preparation with 7 plastic eggs and the few items listed below:
Day 7 (Monday) Place a "thorn" in a hidden plastic egg to symbolize the "crown of thorns" that Jesus wore. After your child finds the egg be prepared to tell him/her about how the crown was put on Jesus' head to mock the idea of him being
King of the Jews. They also spat on him put a reed in his right hand as if were a king's scepter. The Roman soldiers were very cruel.
Day 6 (Tuesday) Place a “sponge” in an egg to symbolize the sponge that was dipped in vinegar and offered to Jesus while on the cross. This was done as standard practice to those being put to death. According to a pharmacist friend of mine, the solution given to the dying was a narcotic of sorts. It was given to them because the pain was so terrible. Through scripture we know Jesus refused the offer.
Day 5 (Wednesday) Place a "piece of black paper or black cloth" into the hidden egg to symbolize the "shadow of darkness" that covered the Earth as Jesus took his last breath. The sins of the world (past, present, and future) were upon him and God had to look away because he could not look at sin. The bible tells us of the darkness and also of an earthquake that took place as Jesus' soul left earth. The formerly unbelieving centurion and men guarding Jesus were terrified of what was happening and said, "This man really was God's son!"
Day 4 (Thursday) Place a "piece of cloth" in an egg to symbolize the cloth that Joseph wrapped the body of Jesus in before he was placed in the tomb. This was a demonstration of the love Joseph had for Jesus.
Day 3 (Friday) Place a "cross" inside to symbolize the cross on which Jesus was crucified and what it has come to mean for us as Christians. It reminds us that God loved us so much that he sent his only son to die for us so that we can live in heaven forever with him.
Day 2 (Saturday) Place a "rock" inside the egg to symbolize the stone that was rolled away. There was a violent earthquake and then an angel in a white robe came down from heaven and rolled away the stone. The guards were so shaken "they became like dead men". Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were told not to be afraid but to go tell the disciples that Jesus had been raised from the dead.
Day 1 (EASTER MORNING!) This hidden egg will be "empty" to symbolize the tomb that was empty on that Sunday morning. Not to be afraid though because Jesus was "risen"!! Even though this one is empty, tell them that it is the most exciting one to us as Christians. The bad things we may have done are now forgiven and because of that we can live in heaven forever with Jesus!
He is Risen!
Have a wonderful Easter week!
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