Sunday, April 4, 2010

He Has Risen

We Made Resurrection Sunday Story Cookies:
1 Cup Whole Pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 Cup Sugar
Ziploc baggie
wooden spoon
Bible Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Read John 19: 1-3
Place pecans in Ziploc and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:28-30
Let each child smell then vinegar. Put 1 tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 10:10-11
Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life.
Read Luke 23:27
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Add 1 Cup Sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us and wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Beat ingredients on high speed with a mixer for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus

Read: Matthew 27:57-60
Fold in the broken pecans. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid
Read Matt 27:65-66
Place the cookie sheet into the oven and close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed shut.
Read John 16:20-22
Go to Bed. Explain that it is sad to leave the cookies in the oven. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read Matt 28:1-9
On Easter morning open the oven and give each child a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite, The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
He has Risen Indeed!

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