Christ is risen! ~ He's alive! ~ I'm forgiven! ~ Heavens' gates are open wide! ~ Rejoice!

Fun to do with children the night before Easter!
*If you have enough children, give them each one of the scriptures to read when the time comes.

Easter Story Cookies

You need:

1 C. whole pecans zipper baggie
1 tsp. vinegar wooden spoon
3 egg whites 
pinch of salt
a piece of tape

Preheat oven to 300degrees. F.
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let 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 19:1-3

Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl and let each child smell and/or taste the vinegar. ~ 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 by moistening a finger and touching it to the salt and then they may 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.

Add 1 C. 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 Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16

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

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. *Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew. 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 how and why Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew. 27:65-66

As you turn and leave the room, and again, when you go to bed, talk about how difficult and how sad it was for Jesus' friends, family and followers to walk away and leave Him in that tomb! (just as they may be feeling sad to leave their cookies in the oven overnight). 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 was open and empty.   Read Matthew. 28:1-9


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