Telling the Story of Easter to Kids

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by Guest Blogger Alvin Gan

“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Easter is certainly a joyous occasion. We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. We celebrate the fact that through Jesus, we have this amazing hope of a wonderful eternity, where “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

As Easter draws near, let us consider Christ’s completed work on the cross. Let us also think about how we can pass on the truth of Jesus’s death and resurrection to our children.

One fantastic way to share the Easter story with younger ones is with Resurrection Eggs. Resurrection Eggs are plastic Easter eggs that each contain an item related to Easter.

Although these can be purchased ready-made, you can easily put a set of resurrection eggs together yourself. This can be a very meaningful project you do with your children.

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Here’s how you can make your own set of resurrection eggs using items that are readily available. Alternatively, you can use these printable Resurrection Eggs Cards from Bible Games Central which feature images of these items.

 

 

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Bible Games Central also provides a printable Resurrection Eggs script for telling the story of Easter.

How To Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs

Place the following items (or the egg-shaped Resurrection Eggs Card) in each plastic Easter egg. Write the corresponding number on the outside of each egg with a permanent marker.

Resurrection Egg #1

Any leaf to represent the palm branches that the people of Jerusalem spread on the road as they welcomed Jesus. You may like to cut the leaf to resemble a palm branch.

Resurrection Egg #2

Three coins to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received to betray Jesus.

Resurrection Egg #3

A small piece of terry cloth to represent the towel that Jesus used to dry his disciples’ feet after he had washed them.

Resurrection Egg #4

A small communion cup to represent the last supper.

Alternatively, use a communion wafer or a small piece of bread.

Resurrection Egg #5

A flower to represent the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went with his disciples to pray before he was arrested.

Resurrection Egg #6

A piece of string to represent the rope that was used to tie Jesus up when he was arrested.

Resurrection Egg #7

A small stem of any plant with thorns to represent the crown of thorns that the soldiers put on Jesus’ head as they mocked him.

Resurrection Egg #8

A small cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus.

Alternatively, use 3 small nails.

Resurrection Egg #9

A toothpick with one tip dipped in red paint or nail polish to represent the spear used by the soldier to pierce Jesus’ side.

Resurrection Egg #10

A small strip of white cloth to represent the strips of linen used to wrap the body of Jesus before he was placed in a tomb.

Resurrection Egg #11

A small stone to represent the large stone placed in front of the entrance to Jesus’ tomb.

Resurrection Egg #12

Leave the 12th egg empty to represent the empty tomb.

Resurrection Eggs Script

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Use this Resurrection Eggs Script to tell the story of Easter.

 

 

Resurrection Egg #1 – Palm Branch

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Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. He rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey.

A large crowd spread their coats and palm branches on the road. The people shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Matthew 21:7-9; Mark 11:7-10; Luke 19:35-38; John 12:12-13

Resurrection Egg #2 – 30 Pieces of Silver

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Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They gave him 30 pieces of silver.

Matthew 26:14-15; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-5

 

Resurrection Egg #3 – Towel

alvin-gan_egg-3During the Passover meal, Jesus got up, took off his outer clothes, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a large bowl and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

John 13:4-5

Resurrection Egg #4 – Bread and Wine

alvin-gan_egg-4Jesus was eating the Passover meal with his 12 disciples. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, Jesus took the cup and said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” They all ate the bread and drank from the cup.

Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20

Resurrection Egg #5 – Garden

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After the Passover meal, Jesus went with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.

Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46

 


Resurrection Egg #6 – Rope

alvin-gan_egg-6When Jesus had finished praying in the garden, Judas came to the garden with some soldiers and officials. The chief priests and the Pharisees had sent them. They carried torches, lanterns and weapons. They arrested Jesus and tied him up.

Matthew 26:47,50; Mark 14:43,46; Luke 22:47-48; John 18:3,12

Resurrection Egg #7 – Crown of Thorns

alvin-gan_egg-7The soldiers took off Jesus’ clothes and put a purple robe on him. They twisted thorns together to make a crown and placed it on his head. Then they spit on him, hit him repeatedly on his head, and pretended to worship him as the king of the Jews.

Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; John 19:1-3

Resurrection Egg #8 – Cross

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After they had finished mocking Jesus, the soldiers took Jesus to the place called Golgotha and nailed him to a cross.

Matthew 27:31; Mark 15:22-24; Luke 23:33; John 19:17-18

 


Resurrection Egg #9 – Spear

alvin-gan_egg-9After Jesus’ crucifixion, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear before his body was taken down from the cross.

John 19:31-34

Resurrection Egg #10 – Strips of Linen

alvin-gan_egg-10A man named Joseph approached Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. Joseph wrapped the body in spices and strips of linen, then placed it in a new tomb cut out of the rock.

Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-42

Resurrection Egg #11 – Stone

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Joseph placed Jesus in a tomb, rolled a large stone in front of the entrance and went away. Later, the chief priests and the Pharisees put a seal on the stone and posted some guards there.

Matthew 27:59-66

Resurrection Egg #12 – Empty

On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, the women brought spices to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. But they saw that the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb had been rolled away and the body of Jesus was not there. An angel told them, “Jesus is not here; he has risen from the dead!”

Matthew 28:1,5-7; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-6; John 20:1-2

Be sure to check out BibleGamesCentral.com for more Easter games and creative Easter egg hunt ideas.

Another resource to consider is the Lost Easter Egg Pop-up Tract from Let The Little Children Come. This Easter Tract features clever pop-ups and tells the story of 3 children in search of a lost Easter egg. The 3 friends really, really want to find the lost Easter egg, just as God really, really wants to be with each one of us.


About our guest blogger, Alvin Gan:

Alvin Gan is the father of three noisy (but lovely) teenagers and founder of two websites that provide creative evangelism and discipleship resources.

Child Evangelism
LetTheLittleChildrenCome.com
 specializes in unique child evangelism tools and resources to help convey the plan of salvation for kids effectively.

BibleGamesCentral.com develops Bible games for youths, kids and even adults to teach spiritual truths.

 

 

How Can We Thank Him?

lightstock_64377_xsmall_user_6214500When I try to thank Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins, I realize there are no words. I can never repay him for what he has done. Saying “thank you” is so inadequate. But I can begin to thank him by living for him.

When we think of living for him, our mind may turn to a flurry of service, perhaps in a church or another ministry. While that is good and important, I think we need to begin by loving him. Drawing close to him. Getting to know him better through prayer and his Word. Jesus explained the most important commandments this way:

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

When we love him with our whole being, his love will flow through us to touch others. And in all that, we honor him.

Loving him means trusting him, no matter what our circumstances. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Loving him means communicating with him. “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV). It’s good to pray with others in church. It’s important to pray during a quiet time each day. But he wants us also to be more aware of his presence throughout our day and night and chat with him as we go. What a privilege!

Valentine's Day Bible Verse with Red HeartLoving him means getting to know him better through his Word. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16). We need to be sure we are not doing a daily Bible reading so we can check that off our to-do list. We need to read because we yearn to know him better. “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness” (1 Peter 2:2-3).

Loving him means obeying him. “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them” (words of Jesus in John 14:21).

Loving him means using our God-given gifts to serve him and one another.God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Loving him means telling others about him, not only through the words we say but also through the life we live.Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2).

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Jesus, help me to thank you for dying on the cross for my sins by loving you and living for you. Because of your gift of life, I am forgiven and will spend eternity with you.

 

Hope

hope, despair road sign illustration designSome would say we live in a hopeless world. In America values and judgments have turned upside down. Right is wrong and wrong is right. Abortion abounds. Marriage has been redefined. The economy is on a roller coaster. Many are unemployed or underemployed. Christians are being accused of hate when they are simply taking a stand to remain faithful to their Savior. Many politicians are ignoring our constitutional rights, flagrantly designing their own “law.” Many churches have compromised in order to not offend. Those who refuse to compromise are called out as hate mongers.

And look around the globe. Terrorism is growing exponentially and becoming even more vicious. Innocent people are being tortured and killed–men, women, and children. Many times the terrorists are targeting Christians. Believers are being imprisoned and tortured because they refuse to deny Christ. Constant upheaval in governments. Most of the world turning on Israel. Earthquakes and other natural disasters grow in intensity and frequency.

Perhaps you are dealing with challenges in your own life. Sickness. Relationship problems. Financial challenges. Other kinds of loss and hurt and need.

As dreadful as they are, these events shouldn’t surprise us. The Bible described just such times in the last days before Jesus’ return.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.” (Matthew 24:6-7)

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)

Here’s the good news. No matter what is happening to us or around us, we can live with hope. And this Easter Sunday reminds us where we can find that hope.

No matter what we see, the Lord is with us.

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (Psalm 16:8)

He loves us unconditionally and nothing can separate us from that love.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

Because of his great love for us, Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. When we receive him as Lord and Savior, our sins are forgiven and we have assurance that we will spend eternity in heaven with him! We are just visiting here on earth–heaven is our home. What greater hope could we ever have!

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. (1 Corinthians 15:21-23)

Easter empty tombYes, he died for us. And then on the third day, as prophesied for thousands of year, he arose! The Messiah arose! Our Savior arose! He had fulfilled his mission on earth and now rose triumphant, conquering death for all of us.

So we have the hope that Jesus is with us every moment, helping us through life’s trials and challenges.

We have the hope that nothing can separate us from his love.

We have the hope of eternal life. He loves us so much he died for our sins and three days later arose to life. When we trust him as Lord and Savior, we have his promise of eternal life in heaven.

We also have hope because of his promised return.

We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-1-7)

Jesus is coming. And with all the chaos in today’s world . . . that could be soon. Very soon.