My mother-in-law sent this to me. I thought it was so great and fun...a great object lesson. I haven't checked all the Scriptures to be sure if they're all right. I wanted to go ahead and share with everyone since Resurrection Sunday is creeping up fast! I hope we're able to give this a try this year.
- 1 c whole pecans
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 1 c sugar
- Ziploc baggie
- wooden spoon
- King James Bible
Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let the children beat them with the spoon to break them into small pieces. Esplain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar and put into mixing bowl. Tell the children that when Jesus was thirsty hanging on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Read John 10:10-11 and explain how Jesus gave His life to give us life.
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 sins. Read Luke 23:27.
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add the sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants none to perish and for all to have a relationship with Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high for 12-15 minutes or 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' blood. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Now, fold in the broken pecans. Drop by teaspoons onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat, parchment paper or wax paper. Explain that each mount represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put the cookies into the oven, close the door and turn it OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and have them "seal" the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
Now go to bed!
The kids will surely be sad and disappointed to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20, 22.
The next morning, open the oven door and give everyone a cookie. Observe the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the day Jesus rose, Jesus' followers were amazed to find and open and empty tomb. Read Matthew 28:1-9