Happy Holy Week! On Sunday, our children's volunteers marched all the little ones into the sanctuary waving palm branches as the congregation sang Hosanna! It was a touching scene and brought tears to my eyes. Although, the Walmart Easter commercial brought tears to my eyes, too. It doesn't take much to tug at my heartstrings!
Other modern traditions have Biblical roots, too. Except you, Easter bunny. Hop along! Today let's talk about the egg.
The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia. They stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. When coloring eggs this year, why not use different shades of red and remind your kiddos that Jesus’ blood was shed for the sins of all mankind!
For Christians, the Easter egg is also a symbol of the empty tomb. The oldest tradition is to use hollowed out chicken eggs, but modern customs include giving hollow chocolate eggs or plastic eggs filled with candy like jelly beans. One year, a friend invited me over and we hollowed out ostrich eggs by blowing the yolk and white through a hole in the shell. That's a memory I'll never forget!
There you have it. A little history behind the Easter egg tradition! As always, keep ministering to kids because legacy is important to God!