The Countdown to Easter

by | Jun 12, 1997 | Easter

Using 12 plastic eggs that can be opened and filled, either you give a basket with all 12 eggs (label each with the number of the day, i.e. Day 12, Day 11) or give one egg each day to be opened. (Day 1 is “Easter Day”, so start 11 days before Easter with “Day 12”)

Day 12 = Place a cracker or small piece of cracker inside the first egg with a slip of paper explaining how this symbolizes the bread & wine of the Last Supper. (Putting in the appropriate Bible verse/verses for the contents of each egg would REALLY be neat and SUCH a reinforcing learning tool”, too!)

Day 11 = Place 3 dimes to symbolize the “30 pieces of silver” that Judas received to betray Jesus.

Day 10 = Place a toy soldier or picture of a soldier to symbolize the soldier who arrested Jesus.

Day 9 = Place a “feather” to symbolize the cock rooster that crowed 3 times.

Day 8 = Place a die or a couple of dice to symbolize the “lots that were cast” for Jesus’ clothing.

Day 7 = Place a “thorn” in to symbolize the “crown of thorns” that Jesus wore. (taken off a rose bush is fine)

Day 6 = Place a “sponge” in to symbolize the sponge that was dipped in vinegar when Jesus said, “I thirst”.

Day 5 = Place a “piece of cloth” in to symbolize the cloth that Joseph wrapped the body of Jesus in.

Day 4 = Place a “piece of black paper or black cloth” into the egg to symbolize the “shadow of darkness” that covered the Earth.

Day 3 = Place a “cross” inside to symbolize the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

Day 2 = Place a “rock” inside the egg to symbolize the stone that was rolled away.

Day 1 = EASTER MORNING! This egg will be “empty” to symbolize the tomb that was empty, that Jesus was “risen” !!

… Be sure to write the symbolization description and appropriate Bible verses on slips of paper to go into each of the eggs.

Day1 – small cracker pieces (represent the Last Supper) Mark14:22

Day2 – feather (represents the Rooster ) Matt 26:33

Day3 – Three silver dimes (30 pieces of silver) Matt26:14-15

Day4 – Thorns (crown of thorns) Mark 15:17 (I used the thorn of a rose stem)

Day5 – Nail (nails on the cross) Matt27:31

Day6 – a small metal or paper cross (the cross) John19:17-18

Day7 – Dice (casting lots) John 19:23-24

Day8 – Toothpick (spear) John 19:34

Day9 – White cloth (linen burial cloth) Matt 27:57-60

Day10- Cinnamon Sticks (burial spices) Mark 16:1

Day11 – Stone (over the mouth of the tomb) Matt 27:62-65

Day12- Empty Egg (the empty tomb) Mark16:5-6

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Thanks to Tidbits DAILY Devotional


The Countdown to Easter