First of all, Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you have a great day!
As a child, I remember waking up to see what the Easter bunny would bring me. Usually an Easter basket overflowing with goodies and a stuffed animal or two. Then I would get dressed all up in a pretty little dress for church and pose for pictures. Usually the church we went to would have an Easter egg hunt the weekend of Easter.
After all the fun and games, it was always understood that the true meaning of Easter was Christ’s rising again from the grave after the crucifixion. We always went to church on Easter Sunday, ALWAYS. And then after church, we would come home, eat together and the rest of the day would pretty much play out like any other day.
Even though I don’t go to church much anymore, I’ll usually make an exception for Easter Sunday. Just because of what the day stands for. Today, I will not be going, though. My mom is getting around without her walker good barely one week after going home from the hospital, but HER mom, my nanny, wants her to stay home and not push it. Therefore, since my mom isn’t going and I’m not feeling 100% anyways, I’m forgoing tradition a bit. I can still celebrate in my own way, though and remember Christ on this day.
I see a lot of other bloggers telling of traditions in their families and I’ve learned a lot of new ones I had never heard of. I thought I would share with you a church tradition I remember from my childhood. Some people may know all about it but I might be surprised at who all hasn’t heard of it. And for other Christians who have never heard of this tradition, you might actually come to like it and use it yourself.
My mom taught Sunday school class for little ones before and actually used this herself. It’s called Resurrection Eggs and you can actually buy them already made now but back when I was a child, my mom made her set and my Sunday school teachers all made theirs. Resurrection Eggs are basically a set of 12 plastic eggs in an empty egg carton that are filled with different items that, if opened in order, tell the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and his rising again from the grave.
You number the dozen eggs and place them in the carton. You can decorate the carton however you choose. Then place the items in each one and open in order.
#1 holds a piece of bread. This comes from Jesus eating with his disciples, sharing the bread with them and saying, “Take and eat it, this is my body”-Matthew 26:26
#2 holds coins. These represent the 30 silver coins that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for. Matthew 26:14-15
#3 holds purple cloth-This represents the robe Jesus wore as he walked with the cross on his back. Mark 15:17
#4 holds thorns.-This represents the crown of thorns placed on his head. Matthew 27:29
#5 holds scourge(small piece of rope or thick string)-Represents the whip that beat him. Mark 15:15
#6 holds a small cross-The cross Jesus carried on the way to Galgotha -John 19:17-18
#7 holds nails-The nails that were nailed into his hands and feet-John 20:25
#8 holds a small sign saying “This is the King of the Jews”-The words written above him. Luke 23:38
#9 holds a small piece of sponge that was soaked in wine and given to Jesus, trying to make him drink. Matthew 27:48
#10 holds a toothpick(or something representing a spear) The spear that was plunged into his side. John 19:34
#11 holds a rock.-Representing the stone that was rolled away (although I remember my mom using a piece of cloth to represent all that was left behind the stone. Matthew 27:59-60
#12 is empty because he is no longer here, he is risen. Matthew 28:6
(Since my memory wasn’t perfect on the items in each egg and how everything was told, I looked this up online to remind myself. There are different items used in different people’s lessons, this one wasn’t exactly the same as my mom used, but close.)
Another thing I would like to share isn’t exactly a tradition, although I remember this song being sung a lot at my church when I was a kid. Especially on Easter Sunday. When I got older and started singing in church myself, I even sang it a few times. Here’s the lyrics to a beautiful, emotional Easter song about Jesus.
Via Dolorosa by Sandi Patti
Down the Vía Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day
The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street
But the crowd pressed in to see
The Man condemned to die on Calvary
He was bleeding from a beating, there were stripes upon His back
And He wore a crown of thorns upon His head
And He bore with every step
The scorn of those who cried out for His death
Down the Vía Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King,
But He chose to walk that road out of
His love for you and me.
Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.
Por la Vía Dolorosa, triste día en Jerusalém
Los soldados le abrían paso a Jesús.
Más la gente se acercaba,
Para ver al que llevaba aquella cruz.
Por la Vía Dolorosa, que es la via del dolor
Como oveja vino Cristo, Rey y Señor,
Y fue Él quien quiso ir por su amor por ti y por mí.
Por la Vía Dolorosa al Calvario y a morir.
The blood that would cleanse the souls of all men
Made it’s way through the heart of Jerusalem.
Down the Vía Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King
But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me
Down the Vía Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.
Whether you’re a Christian and are spending the day with family and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection or you’re not and are spending the day another way, I wish you ALL a Happy Easter!