We all sin. Living in a sinful world and possessing the knowledge of sin, makes it hard for us to always be sin-free. We should strive to live holy lives, according to God's commandments. When we fail by sinning, we should seek forgiveness from God. Gracefully, God has given us a way to be forgiven through His son Jesus Christ. Believing in and giving yourself to Jesus is the basis of Christianity. Jesus, the Son of God, lived a sin-free life. He taught us how to be forgiven for our sins and how to enter Heaven. He took our sins upon Himself and paid the price for them by dying on the cross. To show that death had no power or hold over Him, Jesus resurrected three days later. Because of Jesus' sacrifice for us, we join God in Heaven after our worldly death and live for eternity.
Easter celebrates the day Jesus was resurrected. Preschool Christian Bible lesson plans on Easter teach preschoolers about Jesus' journey into Jerusalem, His crucifixion and resurrection. A fun Easter lesson plan can be done with 12 plastic Easter eggs. In this lesson plan, you will fill each Easter egg with an object that symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus. Number each egg from 1 through 12 and open them in order, while you tell the children about the story of Jesus.
Fill each egg with the following:
Egg 1: A cotton ball saturated with perfume to symbolize Mary anointing Jesus' feet with expensive, fragrant oils. John 12:3
Egg 2: Three coins to symbolize Judas betraying Jesus for money and Judas denying knowledge of Jesus three times. Matthew 26:14-16, Luke 22:34
Egg 3: A piece of purple material to symbolize the robe the Roman soldiers put on Jesus. John 1:1-3, 5
Egg 4: Thorns from a rose to symbolize the crown of thorns placed on Jesus' head at the crucifixion. (Don't let the children touch the thorns.) John 19:2
Egg 5: A thin strip of leather cord to symbolize the whip used to flog Jesus. Mark 15:15
Egg 6: A cross to symbolize the cross Jesus was crucified on. Matthew 27:35
Egg 7: A nail to symbolize Jesus being nailed to the cross. (A horse shoe nail works well for preschoolers because it is not real sharp.) John 19:18, 37, John 20:27
Egg 8: Dice to symbolize the Roman soldiers gambling for Jesus' clothing. John 19:24
Egg 9: A sponge saturated with vinegar to symbolize the wine (some bible translations list it as vinegar) mixed with gall that was offered to Jesus as a drink when He on the cross. Matthew 27:34
Egg 10: A toothpick to symbolize Jesus being pierced in the side with a spear while on the cross. John 19:24
Egg 11: A rock to symbolize the stone placed in front of Jesus' tomb. Matthew 27:60
Egg 12: Don't put anything in this egg. This egg, opened up to contain nothing at all, symbolizes the empty tomb after Jesus' resurrection. Matthew 28:1-7