Easter is upon us. We have been going through the season of Lent and we will enter Holy Week. This will lead us to the celebration of Easter where Jesus conquered death and rose. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have new life. We will put on an imperishable body when our earthly time has come to pass. Easter is a time for celebration for all of us. Most of us will have a special meal on Easter Sunday. It is one of the ways in which we celebrate Easter within our homes.
I would like to offer you a recipe for Easter cookies that I came across. It is a recipe in which you can teach your children about Easter. These cookies are to be made the day before Easter. It can teach children the real story of Easter. It can teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is not dead, but that He has risen.
1 cup whole pecans
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 300 (this is important-don't wait till you're half done with the recipe)
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 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 1c. sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.
He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him. Read Psalms 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 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 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 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 Matt. 28:1-9
Grace and Peace to All,