- Plastic Easter eggs
Keep the celebration going! No one knows for sure why we associate eggs with Easter, but some say the egg is a symbol of new life. Just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out, some Christians see the egg as a symbol of a life resurrected when Jesus broke out of the tomb.
Play some games with leftover plastic Easter eggs.
- See who can make the tallest tower stacking egg halves.
- Hold the straw to an egg half and suck in your breath. See how many you can pick up and transfer to a bowl.
- See how many halves you can match in one minute.
- Put the eggs on one side of the room. Put a basket on the other side. See how many eggs you can carry with a spoon to the basket in one minute.
We celebrate because Jesus is resurrected!
What does it mean to be resurrected? (To come alive again after being dead)
Jesus, who was dead, came alive on the third day. If Jesus had not come alive again, things would be very different. We would not have any reason to celebrate today! We would be forever separated from God and have no hope! Because Jesus was resurrected, everything is better!
- Plastic Easter Egg
Hide an egg in a strange place and ask the children to tell you what they saw.
You were an eyewitness. Do you know what an eyewitness is? (someone who tells what he/she has seen) You were eyewitnesses to me hiding the egg.
The Bible records the words of several eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Real people saw Jesus alive after He had been dead and wrote about it so we can know the story is true.
The resurrection of Jesus is an historical event. Another historical fact is that George Washington was the first president of the United States. Do you believe that? Even though we were not alive and never saw George Washington, we believe he was president because of eyewitness accounts from people who lived then.
We believe the eyewitness accounts that Jesus came alive again after He was dead too. Over 500 people saw Jesus alive after His death. (1 Corinthians 15:6) We have a lot to celebrate!
Promise the children a treat and follow through with your promise. (a special treat, playing a game after dinner, staying up an extra 30 minutes, etc.)
After you’ve kept your promise, talk about it:
What is a promise? (a guarantee to do what a person says he/she will do)
The most important thing to know about a promise is WHO is making the promise. If the person who makes the promise can be trusted, then you can count on him/her to keep their word.
Before Jesus died, He told His disciples He was going to come alive again after three days (Matthew 26:1-2).
Did He keep His word? YES! Jesus is completely trustworthy and will do what He says. We can trust Him with everything because He keeps His promises!