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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Twelve Easter Eggs Activity

You’ve been  “EGGED”!


Use the small pictures, or collect the listed items and place, with these scripture strips, in numbered plastic eggs, along with some candy eggs or wrapped candy. Hide the eggs and let the family find them, then read the eggs’ scriptures in numbered order. Use this as a review of the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection, for an Easter Family Home Evening, or a Family Activity, or to “Egg” another neighbor. (Notice the suggestion at the end of this document.)

1.  A cup or cracker – representing the sacrament   (JST Matthew 26:26 - 28)
(At the feast of the Passover, Jesus gathered his apostles in the upper room and instigated the sacrament.) “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and brake it, and blessed it, and gave to his disciples and said, Take, eat; this in remembrance of my body which I give as a ransom for you. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is in remembrance of my blood of the new testament, which is shed for as many as shall believe on my name, for the remission of their sins.”

2.  Three Dimes – representing the thirty pieces of silver   (Matthew 26:14-15)
“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went into the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver.”

3.  Twine  - representing the cords they bound Him with  (Matthew 27:1, 2)
“When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.”

4.  Soap – representing Pilate’s effort to wash his hands (Matthew 27:24-26)
“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person . . . and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”

5.  Red fabric – representing the scarlet robe  (Matthew 27:28-29, 31)
“And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe, And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!  . . . And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.”

6.  A nail – representing the nails in Jesus’ hands  (John 19:17,18 & Luke 23:34)
“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him. …”
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

7.  A die – representing the lots cast by the soldiers  (John 19:23, 24)
“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. …”

8.  Torn fabric – representing the torn temple veil   (Mark 15:33, 34 & Matthew 27:50, 51, 54)
“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying … My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? … And Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. … [the people watching] feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”

9.  White cloth – representing the linen burial cloth  (Matthew 27:57-60)
“When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.”

10.           Stone – representing the stone over the sepulcher door  (Matthew 27:62-66)
“…The chief priest and the Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying Sir,, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. …Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.”

11.           Empty egg – representing the risen Lord   (place  the message below in Egg #12)
The women came to see the sepulchre early on the morning of the first day of the week. They found the stone rolled from the door and an angel of the Lord told them:  (Matthew 28:6) “Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

12.           Picture of Jesus   (D&C 76:22-24)    (Also place this in Egg #12)
“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him even on the right hand of God: and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.”

“Egg” Your Neighbor

Along with this activity, your family could “Egg” another family, by leaving 12 Easter Eggs hidden in their yard, and a sign on their front door letting them know they’ve been egged. The sign could read:             “YOU’VE BEEN EGGED!
          You can sign the note or not.  Make your own note, or use the one provided below.
And I also say, Happy Easter, everyone!

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