Back at Christmas I did a series of posts on keeping Christ in Christmas. Today I am going to share with you 6 ways to keep Christ in Easter. Without Jesus Christ there would be no Resurrection Sunday or Easter celebration, as we in the Christian faith celebrate it. Unfortunately, Easter has become synonymous with spring, eggs and bunnies instead of Jesus, Resurrection and Salvation. Here are just a few ways you can keep Christ in your Easter celebration.
- Instead of filling Easter baskets with just candy and trinkets add something to enhance your child’s spiritual education. A new Bible, devotional, prayer journal, cross necklace, or Scripture bookmark are just a few ideas of gifts you could include.
- Focus on reaching out to an unchurched neighbor, friend or family member. Invite another family to attend church with you on Easter Sunday. Also invite them to your home for dinner afterwards. Tangibly share the love of Christ.
- Get some colored cellophane or plastic wrap, a few bags of jelly beans, some cardstock and ribbon and make gifts for neighbors, shut-ins, and friends. Here is the poem to put on the cardstock.
RED IS FOR THE BLOOD HE GAVE.
GREEN IS FOR THE GRASS HE MADE.
YELLOW IS FOR THE SUN SO BRIGHT.
ORANGE IS FOR THE EDGE OF NIGHT.
BLACK IS FOR THE SINS WE MADE.
WHITE IS FOR THE GRACE HE GAVE.
PURPLE IS FOR HIS HOUR OF SORROW.
PINK IS FOR OUR NEW TOMORROW.
A BAG FULL OF JELLY BEANS
COLORFUL AND SWEET,
IT’S A PRAYER, IT’S A PROMISE,
IT’S A SPECIAL TREAT
- Watch the movie “An Easter Carol” by Veggie Tales
- Review the Easter story and then use Resurrection Eggs to see if the children can recall the story. You can buy the Resurrection Eggs at your local christian bookstore or here is a link to a website that tells you how to make your own. Home made Resurrection Eggs.
- Make Resurrection Cookies (these are so cool)
Tools & Ingredients
1- cup whole pecans
3 egg whites
a pinch of salt
a zipper baggie
a wooden spoon
Preheat the oven to 300 (this is important-don’t wait ’til you’re half-done with the recipe)
1. Place the pecans in the baggie and let the kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
2. Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. Let each child smell the vinegar. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross and He became thirsty, He was offered vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life so that we could have life.
Read John 10:10-11
4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand and let them taste it. Put the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27
5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
6. Beat the egg whites with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3
7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid to rest.
Read Matt. 27:57-60
8. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off.
9. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the door. Explain that Jesus tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66
10. Go to bed. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight and that Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20-22
11. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. the cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find His tomb empty.
Read Matt. 28: 1-9
recipe by Wanda Long originally published in Home Life Magazine
Have a Jesus filled Easter!