At a recent Women’s Craft Night at our church, we put together Resurrection Eggs- with a slight twist. You take 12 plastic eggs and place a small item in each one that helps your family celebrate Easter. They come pre-made at Christian book stores and usually start with a palm to teach about palm Sunday. We decided to back up a little to hear the promises that God gave as early as the Garden. So we had to be a little creative about what to put in each of our eggs.
It contained a snake sticker and an apple seed. We read the children the account of the fall in Genesis and highlighted God’s curse on the serpent in Genesis 3:15. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel. God promises that a seed of the woman (Christ) will come and will crush the serpent (Satan).
We read Genesis 22 where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Abraham goes in full faith that God will keep all His promises that He has made to Abraham- and right before Abraham kills Isaac, God stops him. Genesis 22:13 and 14 say And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place,”The Lord will Provide.”; as it is said to this day.”On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided. God provides the sacrifice that is needed- not man- and Abraham’s son was substituted with a ram provided by the Lord. This points us to a future sacrifice that God will provide- Christ on the cross at Calvary.
It contained a cottonball. We read Exodus 12 to our children. This account tells of God’s people being kept in Egypt. Pharoah has refused to let them go and there have been plagues on Egypt because of his unwillingness. Nine have taken place already, but the tenth and last one will be the worst. God instructs His people to take a lamb-without blemish, a male a year old- and kill it.
Exodus 12 continues the insturction of what to do with the Passover lamb. God tells his people to take the blood of the Passover lamb and put it on their door posts. That night, God would go through and execute judgment in Egypt and kill all the firstborn, except those who are covered by the blood of the Passover Lamb. Exodus 12:12 and 13 record God saying, “For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn of the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.” Our children were able to see that it took the blood of the lamb to cover God’s people that night and that it takes the blood of the Lamb (Christ) now to cover God’s people.
Each night we review what they have already opened- I can see already that they are seeing God’s pictures in Scripture that point to Jesus. I can’t wait for egg #5 tonight.