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The Easter Message (a recipe for learning)

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Read the whole recipe before beginning...try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday.

Preheat oven to 300F

Ingredients: You need:
1 cup whole pecan
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Mixing bowl
Zipper baggy
Wooden spoon
Wax paper
Cookie sheet

Place pecans in the baggy and let the 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 child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. 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 the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life for us life.
Read - John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand let them taste it then brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that 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 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of this story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read - Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with mixer on high speed for 11-15 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 tsp. onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid.
Read - Matt. 27:65-66

Put cookies sheet in the oven. Close door and turn oven OFF. give each child a piece of tape and seal the 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 Resurrection Morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie ! Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow ! On the first Resurrection Day Jesus followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read - Matt. 28:1-9

He Has Risen ! Hallelujah ! ! ! ! !

Good friends are hard to find, hard to leave, and Impossible to forget.