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Celebrate the Resurrection: Create a JESUS Themed Easter Basket

Celebrate the Resurrection this year by sharing a Jesus themed Easter basket with family and friends. Read on for fun ideas and printable Bible verses.

Celebrate the Resurrection with a Jesus themed Easter basket! Free printable verse cards correspond to fun, memorable items that represent Jesus.

 

I hope you CELEBRATE EASTER.

How you do that is entirely up to you. No one needs to judge the way you choose to celebrate your holy days.

But if you believe that Jesus is the Christ, son of the living God, then you should celebrate Easter! Really celebrate. This is a big deal! Christmas is great. I will always be grateful that Jesus was willing to be born in human flesh. But if Jesus hadn’t died and then conquered death by rising from the grave, we would be without hope.

The holiday commonly known as Easter is my celebration of HOPE. Because Jesus died, the price for my sins has been covered. Since Jesus was stronger than death and rose victorious, I know that death will not be the end for me either.

Christmas celebrates the Incarnation – God in flesh. Easter celebrates the Crucifixion – Jesus as my sacrifice, as well as the Resurrection – Jesus defeating the power of death.

Does it make you uncomfortable to think of celebrating a gruesome death by crucifixion? It may seem odd and more than a little macabre at first, but consider what it represents.

Because Jesus willingly submitted himself to that horrible torture and death, my debt has been completely paid. I no longer owe my life for my inability to keep God’s standard. Jesus’ death means I am free. That is worth celebrating.

 

Jesus Themed Easter Basket

 

As a family, we’ve celebrated in a variety of ways over the years. The Resurrection Garden pictured above was a fun project.

Last year we gave each of our kids an Easter basket for the first time. Actually, they were bags . . . I didn’t want to buy baskets and then figure out what to do with them. The kids didn’t care. They were thrilled that we gave them unexpected treats. That’s what I wanted – excitement about receiving something undeserved. Because I’m excited about the undeserved gift of forgiveness God has given me.

Of course, now they expect it! They keep asking if we’re going to “do that thing where you give us stuff” again. 🙂 That’s OK – they’re excited about Easter approaching. We’re going to capitalize on that and take every opportunity to talk about why Easter, Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, are a big deal and worth celebrating any way we can.

 

This year I’m excited about putting together a:

JESUS Themed Easter Basket

I’ve picked several Bible verses that list names or qualities of Jesus and chosen gifts that could represent them.

Light of the World (John 8:12) – flashlight, nightlight or glow sticks

The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25) – seed packets or a plant

The Lamb of God (John 1:29) – stuffed lamb or lamb sculpture, stickers or chocolates

Bread of Life (John 6:35) – sweet rolls for breakfast, a loaf of bread for dinner or crackers

Servant – (Mark 10:45) – sponges or tools of some kind; identify a way your family can serve someone else and do it!

Wounded Savior (Isaiah 53:5) – box of band-aids or bandages

Risen Savior (Luke 24:5-6) – a helium balloon (the mylar kind last longer)

Sweetness of Jesus’ Words (Psalm 119:103) – a jar of honey or a special sweet treat

Beginning of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) – a new Bible, Bible storybook or devotional; I’m considering this one and this one

 

If you like this idea, then these FREE PRINTABLE VERSE CARDS are for you!

Links to print and suggestions of how to use them follow. ENJOY!

Easter Basket Ideas

Resurrection Project Ideas

 

Printable Verse Cards for Easter Basket_Page 1

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Suggested Uses:

  • Punch holes in the corners and tie the verses to a helium balloon. Present the balloon and cards on Easter Day and talk about Luke 24:5-6. Pick one gift to present each day for the next several days and talk about the verse that goes with it. (similar to the 12th Night bag concept.)
  • Fold the cards up and put them in plastic eggs for “The Hunt.” Have the corresponding gifts available for the finder to “redeem.”
  • Make one basket for the whole family. (this what I’m going to do) Tie the verse cards together and tuck them in the container. See if the kids can match the verse with the item that represents it.
  • Feel free to pick and choose – use the ones you want and toss the rest.

Printing Hints:

  • Use cardstock for durability, especially if you’re going to tie them to a balloon. (If you want to put them inside plastic eggs, regular paper will probably fold better.)
  • Cut them apart and arrange them in an order of your choice. I would put “Rejoice!” and “Jesus Is Risen” at the beginning. The extra card is my message for you.
Who will you create a Jesus themed Easter basket for this year?

 

Celebrate the Resurrection with a Jesus themed Easter basket! Free printable verse cards correspond to fun, memorable items that represent Jesus.

 

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Comments

  1. Abi .. what a wonderful idea to celebrate our risen Savior! I am beyond thankful that Jesus died and rose again because of His great love for us!. You have definitely put some thought into this. I know that you will be blessed for reminding and training your kids to seek Him. So glad to visit your blog. I recognize your site from CBB and I found your post today via Thankful Thursdays. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

    • Thanks so much, Horace. Jesus’ death and resurrection have changed everything for us, haven’t they. Definitely worth making much of so great a love.

  2. Great ideas here! Our son is almost two and we are starting to think about how to celebrate the holiday in a way that keeps the focus on Jesus. Thanks for the tips!

    • Now is a great time to think about that, Ashley. My biggest tip . . . keep it simple, especially when they are young like your son is. Reading a few good board books would be perfect right now.

  3. What a wonderful idea! You put a lot of thought into this…love it! Thank you for sharing this at #100HappyDays Abi!

  4. I love this idea! It sounds just like something we’d all get into over here at my house. Pinning!

  5. This is amazing and a great way to celebrate the true meaning of Easter. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Fantastic idea! My kids would love those gift ideas and I would love yet another opportunity to point them to their Savior. Pinning, tweeting, fbing and all that!

    • Yes, it’s a fun way to give gifts that the kids will enjoy AND have the opportunity to remind them of how great Jesus is. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I absolutely LOVE this! So many awesome things here and the scripture cards are awesome!

    Pinned to my Deliberate EASTER board!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    xoxo

  8. Abi, you are a genius. Truly, this is the BEST Easter basket idea I’ve ever seen! So practical, the kids still receive something, yet they learn truths in the process! Sharing with my Fb readers this week!

  9. Hi Abi that is such a wonderful idea. I have three little girls and I’m always looking for ways to share Jesus with them and still keep it light and fun. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  10. These are GREAT ideas, Abi! I’ve never done Easter baskets with my kids – I didn’t grow up with them, and I was always so annoyed at the junk they usually included anyway. :p Thanks so much for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays! I’ve pinned it. 🙂

    Hope you have a blessed weekend celebrating what our Savior has done for us!

    • I didn’t grow up with Easter baskets either, Raia, and I agree about the “junk.” Not having them never bothered me as a kid, but my kids live in a different environment than I did. Doing an Easter basket differently rather than not at all seems to help them enjoy rather than dread talking to other kids about it.

  11. Michelle Grazor says:

    This is really wonderful, Abi. Having just come back from two weeks with family in FL, I feel a little like Resurrection Sunday snuck up on m . Thank you for helping me prepare. Love you lots!

    • Welcome back! Glad this will help you get ready for a Resurrection Celebration. Getting these ideas all nailed down certainly helped me be more prepared sooner than I have been in the past!

  12. Abi, I love this so much I’m featuring you tomorrow at Women With Intention Wednesdays! Thanks for linking up, I appreciate your faithfulness! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jenny, for your kind, encouraging words. I’m honored to have a feature. Glad you like the Jesus Easter Basket.

  13. Wow! So practical! Easy to put together, and always “others” minded! Thanks, Abi!

  14. Great idea! I love these ideas and think it’s such a tangible way to make the Gospel come alive for the kids. Even more important, it’s a great way to remind the whole family of the true meaning of Easter!

    • Thanks, Sarah Ann. I like using things that can give the kids (and the rest of us) pictures to attach to big concepts. I have some clear memories of things like that from when I was a kid.

  15. What a marvelous idea! For past Easters, we’ve done resurrection rolls with marshmallows inside.

    • I’m going to have to try Resurrection Rolls sometime! I keep hearing about them but have never made them. We do make a lot of Hot Cross Buns to share with neighbors on Good Friday, though.

  16. They are wonderful ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing with Waiting on…Wednesday @ While I’m Waiting!

  17. The Peaceful Haven says:

    This is absolutely WONDERFUL Abi! Thanks for taking the time to write this post and I will be using these ideas this year with my own family! I would like to link this post to an a post I am currently writing…would that be ok?

    • Thanks for your encouraging words, Janelle. Glad you can use some of the ideas. You are welcome to link to the post; I appreciate it.

  18. Easter certainly is a big deal – more so, by far, than Christmas! And if anyone does struggle with the idea of celebrating Easter (because of the gruesome death on the cross), think about Passover, that the children of Israel were taught to celebrate – the firstborn of every family not protected by the blood of a lamb was taken that night – how horrible that must have been, even though God’s children were protected. And yet, they were instructed to celebrate the Passover in remembrance of what God had done, how he had saved them. How much more do we have to celebrate – the perfect sacrificial lamb has been given for us, we are saved, not for a night, but for all eternity!!!!!
    Blessings,
    Kamea

    • Absolutely, Kamea! So thankful that Jesus death fulfilled the required blood sacrifice for all time. How blessed we are not to live under that system.

  19. Gorgeous cards, Abi! Thanks for making these!

  20. Thank you! Great post. I’m pinning for later.

  21. Love this – love these verses and being able to print them!

  22. What a great idea! Love all of your tips. The printable cards are practical and usable for all! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I am making these for my hubby and daughter, great reminders of his death, burial and resurrection

  24. This is so wonderful Abi! Such an intentional way to instill the meaning of Easter in your children. Thank you. I will definitely be using these. I will share them as well!

  25. I love love love this idea! I just saw something similar recently and had already decided to make “Resurrection Baskets” for my inner city Sunday School class. Thanks for all the tips. I am pinning this to use some of your ideas.

    • What a great idea, Ellen. I’m sure your baskets will be a blessing to your kids and their families. Thanks for serving God by sharing with them. 🙂

  26. Abi, what a wonderful idea! I loved the cards and, most importantly, the focus on Jesus with the Easter basket. I will definitely use this with my grandchildren! Donna

  27. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I love how practical it all is and how you can tell the Easter story as they’re going through the items.

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