By Guest Editorial Dr. Greg Howell
Community Grace Brethren Church 

Easter eggs used to show the meaning of Easter


March 28, 2018

The Sunday School teacher was trying a new approach to teach the resurrection of Jesus to her class of first graders. Racking her brains, she came up with the idea of letting them teach it themselves. She thought they might have fun teaching about Easter with objects. So she gave each of her class members a plastic colorful Easter egg, the kind that comes apart so they can be filled with candy or small toys. Only she gave them to each child totally empty. She also gave them an assignment. Each child was to find some small object that would fit in the plastic egg that represents Easter to the child. And then the teacher instructed the children to return on Easter with their now-filled eggs to show their treasure and explain how it depicts the meaning of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Sunday came, and the teacher was a bit uncertain that her class members would follow through on the assignment. So she had a backup illustrated story about the true meaning of Resurrection Sunday. But as the children arrived, they were abuzz with excitement about what was in their eggs. They did not have to wait long to share their treasures as the teacher asked for volunteers to open their eggs and show and tell about the objects they collected. One showed green grass to remind that Easter is in spring, when new life begins in nature. One showed two little nails, because he said his dad wouldn't let him bring the great big ones that he wanted to, besides they wouldn't fit in the little plastic egg. The nails, he said, remind him that the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross in his hands and feet, with great big nails. Another student showed the small, round, flat rock she hunted and hunted for to represent the stone that was rolled in front of the tomb that they put Jesus body in after the crucifixion. Other children clambered to show their objects. One made a small wooden cross out of Popsicle stick pieces. Another showed a small sword out of toothpicks to show that the soldiers were mean to Jesus, stabbing Him in the side. One of the girls stuffed a wadded up colorful Barbie Doll blanket in her egg to show the clothes of Jesus that the soldiers gambled for.

The other children liked these so far. But Bobby, who was always a bit shy, was very quiet during the show and tell. Finally all of the eggs were opened, except Bobby's. Before the teacher could ask him, he opened it and began to cry because he didn't have anything to show. It was empty he said, because he couldn't think of anything about Easter more important than that Jesus' tomb was empty and the cross was empty because Jesus arose and is alive.

The teacher comforted him and praised all of the children for such good symbols of Easter. Then she commented that now all of the eggs were empty like Bobby's, which is a very good reminder that Jesus isn't dead, but He is alive. Because He died for our sins, arose from the dead and is alive preparing a place for us in heaven if we receive Him as our personal Savior.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12 NASB


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