Here I thought I had made it up, all by myself! But, I hadn’t.
I was rummaging around in a bottom drawer, looking for something else, when I discovered an egg carton with 12 plastic eggs. My friend later told me that these are called ‘Resurrection Eggs’ and that they are commonly available on Amazon, or through Oriental Trading or CBD. (Christian Book Distributors) I’m pretty sure my set is home made, and I must admit I have no idea where it came from.
Each standard sized, plastic egg has a small token inside it that represents some part of the crucifixion-resurrection story. The eggs are numbered at the top end, with indelible ink, one through 12. I took the time to look up the Scripture passage that the contents of each egg symbolized, and to print the words on a strip of paper that could be rolled up and added inside each egg.
For instance, egg number one had a couple of dimes and referred to Judas’ selling Jesus for pieces of silver. The final egg, number 12, was empty of anything but the rolled up strip of paper with the scripture reference to the empty tomb.
This year our family dinner and egg hunt took place at my son and daughter-in-law’s home where there was ample room for the nineteen of us that gathered. We ranged in ages from five to eighty-one; six of these were eleven and younger. When we gathered in the living room for the blessing before we ate, I distributed the eggs and the ones who took an egg read the words on the paper strip it contained, showing the tiny symbol.
I kept a thirteenth, a red egg for last. This is unique to our family, for it contained a tiny cross made from a shell casing that came from Liberia where civil war unleashed evils of every kind on its people. As I held up the tiny cross that came out of the red egg, I pointed out that Jesus shed his blood on the cross for the forgiveness of sin…awful, shocking kinds of sin, like those that come with war. And, He died for the personal, daily sins we all commit. Then, God, the Father, raised His Son from death on the third day to declare that the sin offering was accepted and to offer Resurrection Life by the Holy Spirit to those who believe.
Now is a good time to gather up some plastic eggs that may be lying around, empty of their candy, and place them in an egg carton. Take a little time to make your own Resurrection Eggs and put the set away. Give yourself a clue, if needed, as to where they are so you can easily find them in time to share at next years’ Easter celebration.
Here is what I offered in my set of twelve eggs. This can get you started to make your own set. You can even make your own choices of twelve important parts to the Easter story. You can make the contents of each egg simply the strip of paper with the Bible portion on it. Let your family help you with this project this week. It would be a good, final review this year of the way you celebrated Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Here are the contents for my set of Resurrection Eggs:
Egg 1: Two dimes – Judas: How much will you pay me to betray Jesus? Matt. 26:14
Egg 2: Sword – Jesus to Peter: Put away your sword…I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us. Matt. 26:52
Egg 3: Baby chick – Peter: I don’t know the Man! …and the rooster crowed. Matt. 26:74
Egg 4: Purple cloth – Soldiers: …they dressed Him in a purple robe. “Hail, King of the Jews!’ Mark 15:18
Egg 5: Thorns – Soldiers: They made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on His head. Mark 15:17
Egg 6: Nails- Soldiers: They nailed Him to the cross. Mark 15:24
Egg 7: Cross – Jesus: It was nine in the morning when the crucifixion took place. Mark 15:25
Egg 8: Swatch of homespun cloth – Soldiers gambled for his clothes. Matt. 27:35
Egg 9: Strip of white cloth – Joseph took a long sheet of linen cloth to wrap Jesus’ body. Mark 15:46
Egg 10: Several whole cloves – Women came to the tomb taking spices they had prepared. Luke 24:1
Egg 11: Round, smooth stone – Women saw that the stone…a very large stone…had been rolled away. Mark 16:4
Egg 12: Nothing (but scripture strip) Angel: He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen. Matt. 28:6
Egg 13: Red color egg – inside, something to represent a serious crime/evil –
“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14
Easter Sunday is, for many, a great family day with celebrations that include sumptuous meals, new outfits, fancy baskets with eggs and candy, lots of excitement and happiness. Even when these all become pleasant memories we can continue to celebrate the painful death of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and His glad resurrection from the tomb promising new life for us. Hear, also, the echo of angel voices, “Glad tidings of great joy for all people!” Let’s share this good news with every opportunity God gives us.