April 22, 2011

Happy Good Friday!!!!

Today is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ was hung on a cross and died for our sins. A sad but glorious day! We like to eat sweets and teaching our children about Jesus is super important in our house, so, here's what we do on Good Friday. We make:

Resurrection Rolls
* 1 package Crescent rolls
* melted butter
* large marshmallows
* cinnamon
* sugar

Read John 19 to the kids while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you're really on top of things, spend the week before reading John 12-18 with your kids.
Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls.
The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Give each child a marshmallow.
This represents Jesus and His purity.
Have the child dip the marshmallow in melted butter.
This represents the oils of embalming.
Dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.
This represents the spices used to annoint the body of Jesus.
Wrap the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll
(not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the points up and seal the marshmallow inside)
This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death. You can brush with more melted butter if you like, but it's not necessary.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or according to package directions.
The oven represents the tomb (pretend like it was 3 days and nights!)
While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.

Open the tomb and remove the rolls. When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there,

The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up,
but like the tomb - IT IS EMPTY!
While you enjoy the sweet treats you can read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 for the sweet news that Jesus is coming again!

**A good friend since kindergarten (I kid you not) just sent me this recipe for Easter Cookies, made the night before. I've never made them before but they sound good and it came with lots of verse references to read with the kids, so we're planing to try them. I thought I'd include the recipe here for all of you, as well.

Read all the way through first before doing with the kids so you know what's coming up. This is meant to do on THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER!

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
zip lock bag
wooden spoon

Preheat the oven to 300F

Place pecans in the ziplock bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp vinegar into the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

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 Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until still peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mount represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, 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. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone 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. Read Matt. 28:1-9.

This came from my sweet friend, Jackie.

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