When my children were little the Easter bunny always visited our house on Saturday morning, the day before Easter Sunday. This was one of our many attempts to help teach our children that Easter is not about the Easter bunny but is about the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. We tried to reserve Easter Sunday for showing gratitude for the resurrection.
One of our traditions was to share the Easter story by reading Easter Egg scriptures at the dinner table on Easter Sunday. We have a set of 12 plastic eggs that are numbered and inside of each egg is a scripture and an object to represent something that happened during the last week of our Savior’s life leading up the resurrection.
Usually, after we have eaten dinner or brunch, we will sit around the table and take turns opening an egg (in numerical order) and reading the scripture and sharing the object that is inside.
This year I did jazz the eggs up a bit with some new numbers. The old ones were just hand written with a Sharpie which has worked great for the last 20 some odd years. I cut the new numbers out on my Cricut using some black contact paper.
Here is what is in each egg. I have attached a pdf of the scripture verses that are also inside so you can just copy them off if you’d like.
#1 Small paper cup (mine was a Sacrament cup)
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. Matthew 26:39
#2 Three dimes
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,, And said unto them, what will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:14-15
This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11: 12-14 that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.
#3 Small rope or twine
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Matthew 27: 1-2
#4 Soap chip
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. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Matthew 27: 24-26; Do we also wash our hands?
#5 Red cloth
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 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 and they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
Matthew 27: 28-30
#6 One small nail
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. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. Matthew 27: 31-32 And He was crucified… nailed to the cross. (Press this nail into your hand … feel how it must have hurt.)
#7 Pair of dice
And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet… And sitting down they watch him there: Matthew 27: 35-36
#8 Rocks or crushed stone
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 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:. . . Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. Matthew 27: 50-51 & 54
#9 Strips of white cloth
Then Joseph, a rich man) went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, the wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock. Matthew 27: 57-60
#10 A round stone
And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. Pilate said unto them (the chief priests and Pharisees), Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 27: 60, 65-66
#11 Spices (bay leaf and clove)
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. And, behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And the angel . . . said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. Mark 16:1, Matthew 28: 2 and 5
#12 Leave empty
Then the angels said unto the women, “Fear no ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen
Click below to copy off the scriptures.
Do you have any family traditions that help you focus on the true reason for Easter? I’d love to hear about them.