Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Making Easter More Meaningful

Growing up in a Jewish family, Easter never really was a tradition for me. Also, as a result of growing up in a Jewish family, I think that if families celebrate religious holidays, then children should be taught their meaning.

So, this year, instead of overdosing your children with sugar, how about an Easter egg hunt in which they learn something about Jesus Christ, the central figure in the Easter story? (No, it's not the Easter bunny...I promise you).

OK, so here's my idea. Take however many plastic eggs you plan to hide and inside each one, write one of the approximately 200 names by which Christ is known. Hide the eggs. Let the little ones gather them up. And then....explain to them the significance of Easter and what those names mean. And then....if you must have candy, have at it!


What are some of those names? Here's a partial list...

Advocate
Almighty
Alpha and Omega

Ancient of Days
Anointed One
Atoning One
Author
Beginning and the Ending
Beloved Son of God
Bread of Life
Bridegroom
Bright and Morning Star
Carpenter's Son
Chief Cornerstone
Chosen One
Comforter
Cornerstone
Counsellor
Creator
Deliverer
Divine Son
Emmanuel
Exemplar
Father of Heaven and Earth
Finisher
Firstborn
Firstfruits
God of Abraham
God of Isaac
God of Israel
God of Jacob
God of Whole Earth
God's Anointed
Good Shepherd
Governor
Great I AM
Head of the Church
Healer
Holy Child
Holy Messiah
Holy One
Holy One of Israel
I AM
Image of God
Immanuel
Jehovah
Jesus
Jesus Christ
Jesus of Galilee
Jesus of Nazareth
Joseph's Son
King of Israel
King of Kings
King of Zion
King of the Jews
Lamb
Lamb of God
Life
Light of the World
Living Bread
Living Stone
Living Water
Lord
Lord of Hosts
Lord of Lords
Lord Omnipotent
Master
Mediator
Meek and Lowly
Messiah
Mighty God
Mighty One
Mighty One of Israel
Mighty One of Jacob
Minister
Most High God
Only Begotten of the Father
Only Begotten Son
Physician
Prince of Peace
Prophet
Rabbi
Redeemer
Redeemer of Israel
Redeemer of the World
Resurrection and the Life
Rock, the
Savior
Savior of the World
Shepherd
Son of God
Son of Man
Son of Mary
Son of Righteousness
Son of the Blessed
Son of the Eternal Father
Son of the Everlasting God
Son of the Highest
Son of the Living God
Son of the Most High God
True Vine
Truth, the
Way, the
Well Beloved
Wonderful
Word, the




5 comments:

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

What a wonderful idea!!

Sue said...

This gave me goosebumps, Anita.

Great idea!

=)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a truly awesome idea!

Donna Heber said...

Super idea and would be a great new tradition!

Esther Joy said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!