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This Easter object lesson is a great way to share the Gospel with your family, church group or before an Easter egg hunt! It is easy to shorten if needed for a quicker version.
A few years ago I wanted to share the message of the Gospel during our church Easter egg hunt using a different method than the resurrection eggs or Gospel egg; therefore, this object lesson came to be!
Plant the seeds of the Gospel in a fun and creative way that will help both kids and parents focus on Jesus and why He came as they enjoy Easter activities.
Beforehand prepare a basket of empty plastic eggs of different colors and sizes. Have a bag of candy or treats that will fit in the eggs. Also cut a piece of paper to make a capital E; you will tear or cut the bottom off to make a capital F as a visual to help them remember the Five words from today. Have a marker or pen handy to write the words on the F. This could also be done by writing an E, then F, on a white board.
Give everyone an empty plastic Easter egg to hold as you share.
Ask your group to share some things they like about Easter and why. Have them open their egg and see that it's empty. Ask them to share some things they would like to find in an Easter egg.
Tell them one of your favorites is to hunt Easter eggs, but not because of what's in them, but because of the story they can tell.
Take a look at the eggs we are holding; they are different colors and different sizes, but all are Easter eggs and all are empty. They're a lot like us a humans. We are different in many ways, but there is one way every single one of us is the same.
Like these eggs, we all have an empty place inside us needing to be filled. That's how I felt before Jesus came into my life, my life felt empty...like something was missing and I couldn't find what it was. Nothing I tried seemed to fill it.
Sin causes our life to be empty.
The Bible says this is true for all of us:
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," - Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23 goes on to say "For the wages of sin is death,..." This isn't just physical death; it's also separation from God and all that is good. That's what sin pays - emptiness and hopelessness.
The verse goes on to say...
"but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Jesus overcame sin and death so our sin can be forgiven and He wants to fill us with His life - abundant life (filled with good things) and forever life (never ending).
When we turn away from our sin (doing what we want to do instead of what we know God says is right) and turn to God, trusting Jesus to save us, He forgives us and also fills us!
We go from Empty to Forgiven and Filled and Forever life!
Listen for an important word that begins with an "F" as I read Ephesians 2:8-10 from the Bible.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Faith is an action word. It means taking what we believe in our head and acting on that belief. You may say you trust me and believe in your head you do, but would you fall backwards trusting me to catch you? That action of trust is what we call faith. It's a heart belief causing us to be willing to take action.
It's one thing for us to know about Jesus and believe in our head He can save us, but are we willing to totally place our life now and forever in His hands, His control?
Hebrews 11:1 gives us a definition of this faith - "Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:6 goes on to say - "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him."
One way to remember what faith is can be seen in this acrostic:
Forsaking All I Trust Him
Faith is how we go from empty to filled!
Have you ever heard of the Fruit of the Spirit? Can we name them? (Galatians 5:22-23) - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-control.
God wants to put His life and all these good things in us when we trust Jesus.
When we put our faith in Jesus accepting Him as our Savior & Lord, God's Holy Spirit comes in and fills our life with all these good things!
Did you have to pay for the treats in your eggs? No, someone else has already paid for them. All you have to do is pick them up and receive them for yourself. In the same way, Jesus already paid the price to forgive our sins when He died on the cross; we just have to receive His gift.
We probably all know John 3:16 [say together], but did you know John says something very similar in his letter - 1 John 4:9-10?
"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."
Paul also tells us in Romans 5:8 that God didn't wait for us to get it right before loving us -
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."
God loves us too much to leave us empty; He has made a way for us to be found, filled and become a part of His family to live with Him forever.
When we hunt for Easter eggs, what do we do with them? Put them in our basket and take them home with us!
Did you know Jesus is looking for you? One day He had the children come to Him and He told a story found in Matthew 18:12-14 -
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish."
We're not only empty, we're lost without Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd Who came to not only find us, but to provide a way for us to go home to Heaven with Him.
John 14:4-6 records what Jesus says -
"When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
When Jesus finds us, forgives us and fills us, He also puts us in His family so that one day He can take us home to Heaven to live with Him forever!
That's the story of Easter...we don't have to stay empty! God's done all the work and offers it as a gift. It's not automatic though; we must choose what we'll do with Jesus - will we accept Him or reject Him?
Two verses after John 3:16 the Bible says:
"The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:18)
My prayer is that you choose to be filled with Jesus and not stay empty. I hope Easter eggs will always remind you of God's best gift!
So as you hunt Easter eggs today and even later, I hope you will remember the Five words that tell the story of Easter with this Easter object lesson!
Take time to pray and thank God for sending Jesus so we can be found, filled, forgiven and made a part of His family FOREVER!
I know sometimes it's easier to get the "gist" of a lesson when watching it being taught, so I have stepped out of my comfort zone and included a video of the lesson being taught. It is far from perfect, but may help you get the idea. Also, if for any reason you don't feel like you can teach the lesson or want to use it to show your own kids, you are welcome to use this video.
And please excuse the goofy "freeze frame" it caught of me! Haha!
Printable Script - "Empty to Faith Filled"
Four more creative & fun Christian Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
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