Monday, April 11, 2011

April Traditions: Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection Eggs
This might have come from Christy’s Clip Art, or Sugar Doodle, or the Idea Door—but I got it when two of my children were still in Primary, so that was a while back! 

This is a great Family Home Evening Activity. We also did this as a Primary Party Activity (we have a small Primary). Each year we do this with our children, even though they are nearly grown. Dad hides the eggs indoors (since this is Family Home Evening and Dad gets home late); we have an egg hunt and then open the eggs in numerical order. Each egg has candy for the child who found it. We read the scriptural reference and discuss the object. By the time we are through, we have completely discussed Christ’s resurrection. As I was typing this up, I was reminded of how special this activity has been for our family and how much the Savior means to me.

Egg 1: Plastic egg with #1 written on it and three dimes and Matthew 26:14 written on a piece of paper inside the egg.
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Egg 2: Write #2 on egg and place a sacrament cup and Matt. 26:39 written on a slip of paper inside.
39 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.
Egg 3: Twine with knots in it (I used the thick garden twine). Slip of paper with Matt. 27:1.
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Egg 4: A piece of soap and slip of paper with Matt. 27:24 on it.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Egg 5: Square of red fabric and slip of paper with Matt. 27:28 on it.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted 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!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Egg 6: A cross (made with toothpicks) and slip of paper with Matt. 27:31 on it.
31 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.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Egg 7: Two dice and slip of paper with Matt. 27:35 on it.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
35 And sitting down they watched him there

Egg 8: A tiny bag of crushed rock (the kind extra shirt buttons come in), and a slip of paper with Matt. 27:50, 51 & 54.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earth quake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Egg 9: Strip of white cloth and slip of paper with Matt. 27:58 on it.
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.

Egg 10: A stone and slip of paper with Matt. 27:65 on it.
65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
66 So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Egg 11: Bayleaf spice and a small piece of paper with Mark 16:1-4 on it.
1 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

Egg 12: An empty egg and a slip of paper with Mark 16:5-6 on it.
5 And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

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