You’ll use this lesson 4 days before Easter. You’ll be using the ninth resurrection egg, which is green (color may vary) and will have a small, plastic spear on the inside.
Like yesterday’s story, the tale behind this egg isn’t really in any of the children’s bibles that we are using. I, like Madonna before me, will probably just use the booklet provided with the eggs. If you are making your own resurrection eggs, you’ll want to read from John 19: 32-34.
John 19:32-34 (from the New International Reader’s Version)
32 The soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus. Then they broke the legs of the other man. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead. So they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers stuck his spear into Jesus’ side. Right away, blood and water flowed out.
Talk with your child about the story:
The past couple of days we have talked about a lot of things that happened to Jesus. All of these things have been very, very sad. When we hear about the things that happened, about the nails, the crown of thorns, or the whip we can be a little scared. It is very hard to hear about how much Jesus hurt. Today in our egg we have one more thing that happened to Jesus. We have a spear.
Spears are sticks with a very sharp point. They are used to hurt people. After Jesus died on the cross for us, the soldiers needed to make sure that Jesus was really dead. Since Jesus was high up on the cross, one of the soldiers took his spear and put it in Jesus’ side. When Jesus bled, but didn’t make any noise, they knew that he had died, and that everything was over. Or so they thought.
Jesus dying on the cross could be a very sad thing, and a very scary thing, but you have to remember that His Daddy is God, and God is very big. God is going to take this sad story, and make it very HAPPY. Us being sad about what happened to Jesus will only make the ending that much better! Do you remember why Jesus was on the cross? He was on the cross because he LOVES us. All the things Jesus did, he did because of LOVE.
If you have a copy of David Crowder’s How He Love Us play it for your kiddo while they do today’s activity. If you don’t have it, you can play it here on YouTube.
Rather than making something “spear” related, on this last day of visual reminders for the crucifixion, let your child color this personalized cross. Make sure you fill in their name so they know Christ’s death was for them.
Don’t Have Resurrection Eggs?
Here are a couple of places where you can get printable resources to use instead of resurrection eggs: