Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Happy Easter! He is Risen!
Though Easter Sunday has passed, it is important to remember that the joy of Easter is real and needs to continue! For many people, the celebration of Easter includes Easter eggs. Whether you decorate them, eat them, hide them for kids to find, or roll them, Easter eggs have become a big cultural phenomenon around the world.
As a family, take a moment to discuss, “Why do you think people use eggs at Easter? If you use them, why? What do they represent to you?”
My family’s cultural background (Ukrainian and Slovak) is known for elaborately decorated eggs at Easter, and we still decorate every year with the same set of eggs that my grandmother used (they are not real eggs; they are made out of wood).
Pastor Greg’s Family Easter Eggs:
The most elaborate eggs are the Fabergé Eggs which were created in St. Petersburg, Russia during the late 19th and early 20th century, 57 of which still survive today. These eggs were made for Russian royalty and are made out of gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and other precious materials.
Bay-Tree Egg, 1911:
Coronation Egg, 1897:
What do eggs have to do with Jesus’ resurrection?
Easter eggs are not mentioned in Scripture. We know that other cultures used to decorate eggs for a variety of different reasons, but Christians have been using Easter eggs as an important symbol with which to remember Christ’s resurrection for centuries. The oldest Easter eggs were originally dyed red to represent Christ’s crucifixion, then the shell would be broken to represent the tomb being opened. The egg itself represents life, (because eggs are how a lot of animals have babies), and for Christians the egg itself represents the new life in found in Jesus.
So, while not biblical, there is nothing wrong with Christians using Easter eggs. My rule about any symbol you use is this: any symbol that you use, you should be able to explain.
For the next few lessons, we are going to look at how can we can share His Story.
As a family, discuss the following: “Have you ever shared your faith in Jesus with someone? If yes, what did you say? If no, what would you say? How do you think you would feel?”
The passage you are about to read takes place after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. The Holy Spirit came and enabled the believers to speak in other languages - languages they had never learned! This miracle caused quite a stir. Peter first addresses the concern over the speaking in different languages (Acts 2:14-21), and then we are going to read what Peter said as he shared the story of Jesus to a crowd for the first time.
Now turn in your Bible and read together, Acts 2:22-41
This long passage tells of the first time a disciple shared the full gospel message with a crowd, and it was incredibly successful, with 3000 people accepting Jesus as their Lord. This is just the first of many times in the Bible where we see Christians sharing their faith.
In the passage you just read, Peter quotes Old Testament scripture twice:
In Acts 2:25-28, Peter quotes a Psalm of David (Psalm 16:8-11). It was written by King David long before Jesus was born, to show that Jesus would not remain dead, but would be resurrected.
The other quote, in Acts 2:34, is from Psalm 110:1, which David also wrote. It shows that the Messiah is more than just a descendant from the line of David, but is, in fact, the Son of God. Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1 during His ministry, also (Matt 22:41-45).
The situation we are in right now has a lot of people questioning what is important and what we should do. Some are really looking for help. Since we know that true life, peace and hope comes only through Jesus Christ, it is important that we share our faith with people.
A Good Question: What if I don’t want to share my faith?
Jesus told us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) meaning that it is the duty of every Christian to share their faith. Like anything, at first it can be very scary and we may struggle with what to say or do. That is why it is important to study the Bible to know what it actually says. Then we must pray and ask God for guidance and words to share, and practice, practice, practice!
Another Good Question: What if I share my faith and people do not accept Jesus?
It can be tough when we share our faith and the person listening does not accept Jesus as Saviour. I have seen lots of excellent Christian speakers sharing the Gospel, and yet, not always do the listeners accept Christ. Even in the Bible, we read in the book of Acts about the many times the Gospel was shared, and not always does it end as well as when Peter shared it for the first time. We must remember that it is our duty to share and that we should continually pray for our friends, families and those we meet. Remember, though, that it is truly up to them to make the decision to accept Christ. All that we say and do is about giving God the glory, not us, so we just have to be faithful to do what Gods asks, and remember that He is in control. (1 Cor 3:5-7)
Another Good Question: How can I get better at sharing my faith?
There are lots of different methods or reminders that can help us share the story of Jesus, but from Peter's first public address, here is the pattern I see that can be helpful the next time you share your faith:
1. Tell them who Jesus is and what He did (Acts 2:22-24)
2. Talk about the Bible; that it is God’s Word and it reveals who Jesus is (Acts 2:25-29)
3. Share how this is a true story based on fact (Acts 2:30-32)
4. Share how this affects how we live today (Acts 2:33-36)
5. Allow them to respond (Acts 2:37-41)
Activity: Easter Eggs!
Have you ever decorated your own Easter egg? There are entire kits you can buy, but Eggs.ca provides you with all that you need to do it yourself at home. You will need,
Eggs, needle, bowls, vinegar, food colouring, spoon or other utensil (to lift the eggs in and out of the bowl).
Follow this Link
Step 1: Hollowing out the Easter egg (THIS SHOULD BE DONE BY AN ADULT!)
The website also provides you with tips and ideas on how to make patterns with you eggs, too.
The next time you see an Easter egg, you will know what it represents. Maybe there is another symbol you use to represent Easter. Write me an email and let me know. Or, if you have a question or comment, please let me know that, too!