03 April 2012

Resurrection Eggs

Each year, during Holy Week, the girls and I reflect on how grateful we are for what Jesus did on the cross for us. We do this using Resurrection Eggs.

They are simply plastic eggs numbered 1-12 (with a Sharpie) containing items symbolic of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

Egg #1 contains a small plastic leaf to remind us of His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The account of this can be found in the New Testament of the Bible in Matthew 21.

#2 and #3 have piece of bread and a plastic communion cup to remind us of the Last Supper. The account of this can be found in several places in the New Testament: Matthew 26, Mark 14 and Luke 22.

# 4 contains three dimes representative of the 30 pieces of silver that Judas was paid to betray Jesus. You can read about that in Matthew 27.

Egg #5 contains tiny thorns from a rose bush (it's hard to see in this picture) representative of the crown of thorns that was placed upon His head during his trial and humiliation. Read about that in Matthew 27, Mark 15 and John 19.

#6 and #7 include a tiny nail and a small wooden cross that remind us of how he was nailed to a cross during the crucifixion. Read about that in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19.

#8 includes a die to remind us of how the Roman soldiers cast lots for Jesus' garments. See Matthew 2, Mark 15, Juke 23 and John 19.

Eggs 9-11 include items represenative of the burial of Jesus (a perfumed piece of linen, spices and a stone). Read about this in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19.

And finally, Egg #12 is empty! It reminds us of the empty tomb because Jesus rose from the dead! You can find that in Matthew 28!

And of course, every time we talk about the death and resurrection, I cry like a baby - and they stare at me like I'm insane.

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