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Planting Little Seeds of Faith, Issue #007 --
April 16, 2011
Happy Good Friday!! I have included a Easter Cookie Story recipe that can be be made the evening before Easter Sunday to remind children of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.
You will need:
1 cup whole pecans, 1 tsp. vinegar, 3 egg whites, Pinch salt, 1 cup sugar, Zipper baggie, Wooden spoon, Tape, Bible,
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important-don't wait until you're half done with the recipe)!
Instructions for Easter Story Cookies:
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.
Let each child smell the 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 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 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 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 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
Below is another link to an Easter craft you can create with your children titled "Hill of Calvary" This takes a little more time for the grass to grow but it has a good message and is super cute!
Ponder the sacrifice our Lord and Savior made for us on the cross while enjoying these cookies,
Beth @ www.child-bible-lessons.com
P.S. Need a quick overview of the Resurrection Story? Click the link below to receive a kid friendly review of Jesus' resurrection.
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