Friday, March 26, 2021

Cookies Tell the Easter Story

                   Cookies Tell the Easter Story 

Cookies to make the evening before Easter for a fun devotional with children.

Needed:

1 cup whole nuts
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
Tape
Bible

(also bowl, measuring spoons and cups, electric beater, cookie sheet, and wax paper)

First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
 
Place the nuts in the zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them 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 a mixing bowl.  Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was offered 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 of 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 Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer at high speed for 12-15 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 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 (if you have an oven where the door gets hot, ensure that only an adult does this step).  Read Matthew 27:65-66

GO TO BED1  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 Matthew 28:1-9.

Enjoy this hands-on way to celebrate Easter.



The picture is from the book  The American Bible Society Presents Inside the Mysteries of the Bible.