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Submitted by Mary Leggewie, author
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Give each child a triangle of cresent rolls. The cresent roll represents the the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Give each child a marshmallow, this represents Jesus.
Have him dip the marshmallow in melted butter, which represents the oils of embalming.
Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to annoint the Body.
Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the cresent roll (not like a typical cresent roll up ... but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside. This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes (The oven represents the tomb -- pretend it was three days!).
When the rolls have cooled slightly,
the children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer
HE IS RISEN! (The marshmallow melts and the cresent roll is puffed up, but empty).
EASTER STORY COOKIES
(credit to Wanda Long, Home Life Magazine?)
|Bible||1 c. sugar|
|1 c. whole pecans||zipper baggie|
|1 tsp. vinegar||wooden spoon|
|3 egg whites||tape|
Preheat oven to 300° 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.
|Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote Him with their hands. 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.
|After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. 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.
|The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. 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.
|And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. Luke 23:27|
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. 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 we belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. Psalm 34:8
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 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 Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The
same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that
thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that
Thou doest, except God be with Him. Jesus answered and said unto
him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God.
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.
|When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 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 that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
|Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 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 16:20-22.
|Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. John 16:20-22|
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.
|In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment white as snow: And for fear of Him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Matthew 28:1-9|
HE HAS RISEN!----------
(Submitted by Mary Leggewie, creator unknown)
Purchase a dozen plastic easter eggs from the store and fill them with a teeny tiny item, plus a paper with the Bible verse on it. Then you have fun opening them up on Easter and reading the Bible verses.
Fill 13 plastic Easter eggs with the following items and verses. You may choose to just put in the Bible verse and have the children look them up, or type them up and tuck them in the egg with the item. I recommend buying a set of plastic eggs that are different from the ones you may have on hand, and storing them in an egg carton. (But then again, maybe it would be fun to make a new batch every year!) I have substituted various different items and verses when I've been short on any particular item.
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Small Wooden Cross (possibly made out of toothpicks)
And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.
A Piece of Sponge
They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
= Heaven (a cotton ball)
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
JELLY BEAN PRAYER
(Submitted by Mary Leggewie, author
Take one color of each jelly bean and place a small plastic bag or netting and include this little prayer. This is for the kids to share with their friends. Click for a simple coloring page in Adobe Acrobat / MS Word. If the little coloring boxes around each color word do not show up on your document, you may need to draw them in yourself. (No images of Christ on this coloring sheet.)
is for the blood He gave.
GREEN is for the grass He made.
YELLOW is for the sun so bright.
ORANGE is for the edge of night.
BLACK is for the sins we made.
WHITE is for the grace He gave.
PURPLE is for the hour of sorrow.
PINK is for our new tomorrow.
A small bag of jelly beans, colorful and sweet, is a PRAYER, is a PROMISE, is anyone's treat!!!
Other great ideas can be found at:
The Children's Chapel A ministry of the Lorain County Free-Net Chapel. A fantastic list of crafts and activities found on the Internet.
From President George W. Bush's Easter greeting to the Nation, April 2001:
"On this day, Christians around the world join in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man. For Christians everywhere, Easter is a day when, in the words of the ancient hymn, the earth 'rejoices in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of its King.' It is a time to be humbled by and grateful for God's sacrifice and boundless love and to rejoice in the sheer wonder of life and the promise of victory over death.
Easter comes at the end of the Lenten season, a period of penitence and solemnity in many Christian traditions. The Lenten season prepares Christ's followers for the joyous affirmation that 'Christ is Risen!' As families and friends gather to celebrate, we renew our commitment to follow the example of Jesus Christ in loving our neighbors and giving of ourselves for others. On this joyous day, let us also remember all those in need and those Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith."
Presidential Easter Greeting April 2002
"I send greetings to everyone observing Easter this year. During this joyful season of new life and renewal, Christians around the world celebrate the central event of their faith -- the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the Messiah, the Son of God.
The life and teachings of Jesus have inspired people throughout the ages to strive for a better world and a more meaningful life. Jesus' death stands out in history as the perfect example of unconditional love.
The four Gospels of the Christian Bible recount Jesus' amazing life, his miraculous death, resurrection, and ascension, and his unending offer of salvation to all. The story of Jesus wondrous resurrection comes alive again for Christians each year at Easter. Easter Sunday commemorates in song and celebration the joy and promise of Christ's triumph over evil and death.
Christians around the world gather together to sing well-loved hymns to God's glory, remembering the signs and wonders of God's grace revealed in Jesus. And they again will hear Gospel readings such as Saint Luke's rendering of that first Easter morning when the Angel asked: "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!." Easter's message of renewal is especially meaningful now during this challenging time in our Nation's history. On September 11, 2001, America suffered devastating loss.
In the wake of great evil, however, Americans responded with strength, compassion, and generosity. As we fight to promote freedom around the world and to protect innocent lives in America, we remember the call of the Battle Hymn of the Republic: "As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free."
Laura joins me in sending best wishes
for a wonderful Easter."
--GEORGE W. BUSH
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