Resurrection Eggs

There are alot of fun things that come with Easter. Easter egg hunts. Sunrise services. Plastic grass. And lots of candy!

One thing that I remember from the growing up years are Resurrection eggs. Do any of you remember those?

Basically it's a carton of plastic eggs, and in each egg is something to do with the story of Jesus's death and resurrection.

I think these are a great tool to keep kids focused on the reason we celebrate Easter in the first place - as the day when our Lord Jesus rose from the dead!

I did a little search and found some instructions on how to make your own Resurrection Eggs. This is from Living On A Dime.

Resurrection Egg Instructions

" 1 dozen plastic Easter eggs

1 egg carton

construction paper

Decorate the top of the carton with construction paper and any other decoration that seems fitting.

Fill each egg with the item listed in parenthesis below, along with a piece of paper containing the listed verse. For example the first egg will have a piece of bread along with verse #1 that you see accompanying the bread below. Be sure to put them in order in the carton so you remember which number is which.

Once you have made the Resurrection Eggs, you can decide the method you want to use to open them. You might open one per day during the twelve days before Easter or if you're having a big family get-together, you may choose to open them then. It is also fun for the kids to do this the day you decorate Easter eggs with them.

(Bread) Matthew 26:26
While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread,
gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples.
"Take and eat it," He said, "This is My body."

(Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15
Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests and asked, "What will you give me if I betray
Jesus to you?" They counted out thirty silver coins and gave
them to him.

(Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17
They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .

(Thorns, like on a rose stem) Matthew 27:29
Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on
His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt
before Him and made fun of Him. "Long live the King, of the
Jews!" they said.

(Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string) Mark 15:15
Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for
them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be

(A small cross) John 19: 17-18a
He went out, carrying His cross, and came to "The Place of the
Skull," as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called "Galgotha.") There
they crucified Him.

(Nails) John 20:25b
Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in His
hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His
side, I will not believe."

(Sign saying "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.") Luke 23:38
Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF

(Small piece of sponge) Matthew 27:48
One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap
wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make Him drink it.

(Something representing a spear (i.e. a toothpick)) John 19:34
One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus' side, and at
once blood and water poured out.

(Rock) Matthew 27:59-60
Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and
placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug
out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the
entrance to the tomb and went away.

(Empty) Matthew 28:6
He is not here He has risen just as He said.

I have an adjustment though - for the "Nails" egg, I kind of like Acts 2:23 better: "This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross." But either one works, really.

I have a lot of happy memories associated with our Resurrection Eggs. Some years we would open one each day, or we'd open them in Sunday school and each kid would get to open an egg, take the little token out, and read the verse that went with it.

My favorite egg was always the last one, because it was empty just like the tomb was empty on Easter morning. Jesus was no longer in the tomb because He had risen from the dead!

I think when I have my own children, Resurrection eggs will definitely be part of our Easer celebration.

Just having plain Easter eggs is fun, but there's really no meaning there. But using Resurrection eggs is a way to incorporate eggs into the real meaning of Easter - it's something fun that still directs the mind to the whole purpose of celebrating Resurrection Day. I like that.

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AmyK said...

We have a set of resurrection eggs I made two years ago. I need to get 'em out and redo 'em to make sure they're still good. Maybe I'll bring 'em over to my dad's house for the family Easter celebration!

LeAnna said...

This brings back SO many good memories for me. We always had resurrection eggs. We would also make resurrection cookies. You put them in the oven and they cool over night, while baking they are puffy and big, and then when you open the oven in the morning they crack and "open" just like the tomb. We made those a few times, but I'm definitely going to keep the resurrection eggs a tradition when my kids get bigger.

Jessica said...

I have never heard of these before...what a great idea!

Brittney Galloway said...

That's such a great tradition! Thanks for passing on a way to make our own!

Jenene said...

We never EVER decorated Easter eggs when I was growing up. I don't think there was any particular reason for it; we just didn't! But I might have to start doing that when Art and I have kids, especially if they're creative like he is.

Lauren said...

What a great childhood memory! Thanks for passing on the instructions!

Anonymous said...

aww, I think these things are great!! I didn't have them growing up but I know some of the kids I babysit for do, what a great idea!

Unknown said...

My aunty has these and they are lovely! x

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