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This is a great way to get our children to veer away from the Easter Bunny and toward Jesus and His incredible sacrifice for us!!! Happy Easter … Suzie
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (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 them 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 represents the salty tears shed by the followers of Jesus and the bitterness of our own sin. Read 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 and 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's body was put.
Put the cookie sheet in the ovcn and close thc door and turn the oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus's tomb was sealed. Read Matthcw 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus's 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's followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
I hope this helps you to tell the Easter story.