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Easter Cookie Story

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 F. Place the pecans in zipper baggie and let children
     (YW) 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 (YW) 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 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 the story is that 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. You can also use this time to answer

     any questions they have. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

     Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a 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. HE HAS RISEN!