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Monday, April 11, 2011

Empty tomb cookies

Easter Tomb Cookies
Ingredients / Items Needed:
Bible
1 cup whole pecans
1 large gallon zipper bag
Wooden spoon
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup white sugar
Tape
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
We broke a spoon, be careful!
Activity: Put pecans in a Ziploc bag and let children beat them with a wooden spoon, to break them into small pieces.
Discussion: After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read: John 19:1-3.
Activity: Let children smell vinegar. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to a mixing bowl.
Discussion: When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink.
Read: John 19:28,30
This is what her face looked like after she smelled it!
Activity: Add egg whites to vinegar.
DiscussionEggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read: John 10:10-11

Activity
: Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl with the egg and vinegar.
Discussion: This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sins.
Read: Luke 23:27
Activity: Add one cup of sugar.
Discussion: 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
Activity: Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes or until stiff peaks are formed.
Discussion: The color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read: Isaiah 1:18
Activity: Fold in broken nuts. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Discussion: Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read: Matthew 27:57-60
Activity: Place 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.
Discussion: Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read: Matthew 27:65-66
Activity: GO TO BED.
Discussion: You may feel sad that we had to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were sad when the tomb was sealed.
Read: John 16:20
On Easter morning, open the oven and remove the cookies. Take a bite. Notice…the inside of the cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read: Matthew 28:1-9