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April 1, 2014 / BTM

The Case for the Resurrection Eggs

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On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  It’s easy for us, who know the rest of the story, to overlook how confusing and unexpected the discovery of the empty tomb was.  We created this activity to explore the empty tomb with our then 5- and 7-year olds.  We’re going to do this activity again this year at the request of our kids.  It’s a unique introduction to why we believe Jesus actually rose from the dead, and its interactive and memorable to boot.  You still have a few weeks to prepare it, as I recommend you begin the activity Easter Sunday.

I want to credit the makers of Family Life’s Resurrection Eggs for inspiring our spin-off Case for the Resurrection Eggs idea.  (If you have never used the Resurrection Eggs with your kids, you should; they’re great.  You can make them yourself, but I’d suggest buying them.  Good ideas should be rewarded and the guidebook that comes with the purchased eggs is far superior to anything I’ve seen online).

While Resurrection Eggs take you through the Easter Story, our Case for the Resurrection Eggs cover what happened after the disciples found the empty tomb.  These eggs investigate what the disciples felt and thought was happening when they found the empty tomb, and what caused them to go from cowering in fear to believing Jesus rose from the dead and boldly declaring it, even to their deaths.

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The Case for the Resurrection Eggs aren’t exactly the same as the Minimal Facts, they are an introduction to them.  If you missed my earlier posts, check out what the Minimal Facts are and how are they are being interpreted by experts in the field.

All Bible passages are taken from the NIrV.

EGG #1: KEY

keyOPEN EGG #1: WHAT DO YOU FIND? A KEY

What does the key inside this egg mean?

In the Bible, we learn that the disciples were very afraid after Jesus died.  They thought that the Jews might kill them like they had killed Jesus.  The disciples were so afraid that they were meeting together with the doors locked so that no one could come in to find them.

On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together. They had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jews. (John 20:19)

The disciples were not waiting near the tomb where Jesus was buried to watch Him rise from the dead.  The disciples were completely surprised when they were told that Jesus had risen from the dead.  They did not believe the women who reported this to them.

Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week.  He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.  He had driven seven demons out of her.  She went and told those who had been with him.  She found them crying.  They were very sad.  They heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him.  But they did not believe it.

After that, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them.  This happened while they were walking out in the country.  The two returned and told the others about it.  But the others did not believe them either.

Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating.  He spoke firmly to them because they had no faith.  They would not believe those who had seen him after he rose from the dead. (Mark 16:9-14 )

Thomas was one of the Twelve.  He was called Didymus.  He was not with the other disciples when Jesus came.  So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “First I must see the nail marks in his hands.  I must put my finger where the nails were.  I must put my hand into his side.  Only then will I believe what you say.” (John 20:24-25)

We anticipate the good news that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.  But the disciples did not expect Himto – it was a surprise for them!

Links for the rest of the Eggs:

Egg #2

Egg #3

Egg #4

Egg #5

Egg #6

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