Easter is almost upon us again and that means that, like me, your house has probably got a few of these in it (show Easter egg).
What is the best thing about Easter eggs? (take answers – they have a packet of sweets with them; they’re delicious; they’re made of chocolate; they’re a cool shape etc)
(If you have enough types of Easter eggs to hand, you could vote on your favourite egg)
I think the best thing about Easter eggs is that they’re really good storytellers!
Y’see, Easter eggs can tell us the story of the first Easter… here’s how:
The people of Israel were trapped, as though inside a box (show egg in box) – they weren’t really trapped inside anything, but they were trapped in the ways they thought and lived – they were always trying to live perfect lives and they kept on getting it wrong and making mistakes. They were worried that God would not love them if they kept on making mistakes but they didn’t know what else to do, so they felt sad and hopeless and trapped.
But then Jesus came. Jesus was not like the other people – He showed them how to live (take egg out of the box). He showed them what God is like; He showed them how to love; He healed them when they were sick… He was perfect when they were not. It was like He freed them from a wrong way of thinking and showed them that there was another way to live. (Show sweets that come with the egg) He made their lives sweeter and gave them good things.
(Put egg aside)
But they still worried about the mistakes they made – they needed someone to take away all the bad things… so Jesus helped them there as well. He died on the cross to take the blame for all the wrong things in the world ever, so that people could be sure that God loves them and that these wrong things weren’t getting in the way.
(Open the box out to show a cross (this is something you might like to prepare earlier))
Jesus died and was buried in a cave, and a large stone (show egg) was rolled in front of the cave’s entrance.
And that was the end of the story…
Except it wasn’t! The egg has something else to tell us: on the third day after His death, some of Jesus’ friends went to visit His grave and they found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance of the cave! When they looked inside the cave, they found that it was (open egg) empty!
Jesus is God’s Son, and Jesus is perfect, so He didn’t stay dead! He rose again and is still alive today!
So that’s how an Easter egg can tell you the story of the first Easter – the people were boxed up in wrong ways of thinking, but Jesus came to help them think in a different way; He gave them good things and died in their place. He was buried in a cave, but came back to life again. Forever!