Easter Story Cookies

You 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 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.

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 represent 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 the 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 teaspoon 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 seal.

                    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!!

Explain on the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

                    Read   Matt.  28:1-9.