Easter Symbols

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What do the symbols of Easter mean? What do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Below is a list of some Easter symbols and their meanings:

Easter Lilies

Easter lilies grow in the spring close to Easter time.  Because they look like trumpets, they are a symbol for living forever with God (1 Corinthians 15:52).

FUN IDEA:  Buy lilies for your house.  Or make paper lilies by tracing your hand on white construction paper (Easter Family Activities).


The life cycle of a butterfly is a symbol of eternal life. While in its cocoon, it changes and emerges in a new and beautiful form (1 Corinthians 15:53,54).

FUN IDEA:  Using a butterfly pattern, cut out butterflies from different colors of construction paper and decorate your windows at home for Easter.


When some people think of Easter, they think of eggs.  Eggs represent the new life that returns to nature during the spring. Christians also view it as a reminder of the tomb from which Jesus Christ arose (Luke 24:1-4).  Early Christians used red colored eggs to symbolize the Resurrection.

FUN IDEA:  Dye eggs with your favorite colors and designs.  With a family member or friend, crack your eggs together on Easter morning while saying, "Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed!"

The Cross

The cross is a symbol of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus' resurrection is his victory over the power of sin and death (Romans 3:25,26). That is why the cross has become the major symbol for God's power to forgive sins and give new life to people (1 Corinthians 1:18).  People often bake hot cross buns to symbolize this event.

FUN IDEA: Bake some cross buns with your family! (Make sure that you have an adult assist you with the stove).

The Lamb

The lamb is another symbol associated with Jesus. He is often referred to in the Bible as the the "Lamb of God" (Revelation 5:6-14).  John the Baptist described Jesus as the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

FUN IDEA: Make a "lamb" out of cardboard. Trace the shape of a lamb onto a piece of cardboard. Then, cut out the shape. You can use cotton balls for the fur, and buttons (or candy) for the eyes.

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