Easter is just around the corner and although I love the cute baby bunny rabbits and ducks I really wanted to add more of the story of Jesus and his resurrection into our celebration this year. I wanted to bring this redemptive story to my family in a very visual, symbolic way.
First, we started by creating a resurrection garden, inspired by a picture I had seen on Pinterest.
I read through the story of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection and broke it up into sections that could be represented pictorially with a symbol. I made these symbols and placed them in empty easter eggs along with the scripture reference. We will open 3 eggs every evening and begin reading the story on Thursday night. Some of the symbols can be added to the resurrection garden others can be placed beside it as a reminder.
I have 13 scripture references so I needed 13 empty easter eggs. These can be purchased quite cheaply at a dollar store.
Filling the Resurrection Eggs:
Fill each egg with the scripture reference and the visual symbol. Make sure each egg is numbered so they are opened in order.
- Scripture reference Matthew 26: 1-13 Visual Symbol- Vial of perfume or essential oil, it could even be a piece of card sprayed with perfume.
- Scripture reference Matthew 26: 14-25 Visual Symbol- a silver coin
- Scripture reference Matthew 26: 26-35 Visual symbol- a piece of unleavened bread (cracker) and a small plastic goblet ( a communion cup would be fine.)
- Scripture reference Matthew 26: 36-46 Visual Symbol- an olive tree ( A small tree could be made from a twig with some moss glued on, and praying hands cut from cardstock.)
- Scripture reference Matthew 26: 47-56 Visual symbol- a small wooden or plastic sword. ( A sword could be made with a toothpick or twig.)
- Scripture Reference Matthew 26: 57-68 Visual Symbol- a small court mallet
- Scripture Reference Matthew 26: 69-75 Visual Symbol- a rooster ( a small toy rooster or one cut from cardstock)
- Scripture Reference Matthew 27: 11-26 Visual Symbol- a small bowl and a vial of water, pour the water into the bowl to demonstrate Pilate washing his hands.
- Scripture Reference Matthew 27: 27-32 Visual Symbol- a crown of thorns ( I use a branch from a rose bush and twist it into a mini crown)
- Scripture Reference Matthew 27: 33-44 Visual Symbol- wooden crosses ( Just six branches and three pieces of string, the crosses can be assembled quickly after the eggs are opened.)
- Scripture Reference Matthew 27: 44-56 Visual Symbol- blackness and a torn curtain ( A piece of black cardstock and a rectangular piece of fabric torn from top to bottom. You could tear it after the egg is opened.)
- Scripture Reference Matthew 27: 57-66 Visual Symbol- a stone to cover the opening of the tomb in the resurrection garden.
- Scripture Reference Matthew 28: 1-20 Visual Symbol- Leave the Easter egg empty except for the paper scripture reference. Roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb.
Planting the Resurrection Garden:
Plant the resurrection garden a week or two before you need it. The grass seed needs some time to germinate and sprout:)
To plant your resurrection garden you will need:
- A wide plant dish or saucer at least 1.5 – 2 inches thick.
- garden soil
- wheat seed or grass seed
- a small pot for the tomb ( We used a small styrofoam cup. )
- small rocks or pebbles
- a clean spray bottle
To plant the resurrection garden you need to fill half of the plant dish with garden soil. Fill to a 1/2 inch depth. Place the tomb, styrofoam cup or small garden pot sideways with the opening facing the empty side of the plant dish.
Continue to add soil covering the tomb.
Now you are ready to sprinkle on the grass seed generously. Cover with soil and spray thoroughly with water from a clean spray bottle.
Add the rocks to the empty side of your resurrection garden. Set aside in a warm light location and wait for the grass to grow. Remember to spray generously with water daily.
How it works:
Really there is no one right way to proceed. If you start early you could open one Easter egg a day. You could do it all in one day as an Easter egg hunt if you’re willing to take your time and read the scripture references after each egg is found. You Could start on good Friday and open 4 eggs every evening and read the scripture or you could Start on Thursday and read 3 eggs every evening. If you started earlier you could open one egg every night.
Happy Easter to you all!
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