If you have the ingredients, here is a wonderful way to tell the Easter story with your children:
• 1 cup pecan nuts - Place in a bag and beat to small pieces. Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers – John 19:1-3
• 1 tsp vinegar - Place in a bowl (smell or taste it). Jesus was given vinegar when he was thirsty – John 19:28-30
• 3 egg whites - Add to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. Jesus gave his life to give us life – John 10:10-11
• Pinch of salt - Taste and then add to the egg whites. This reminds us of the salty tears of Jesus’ followers at his death, and our own tears over our sin that made him die – Luke 23:27
• 1 cup sugar - Add to the egg whites. The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died for us because he loves us – Psalm 34:8; John 3:16
Beat the mixture on high for 12-15 minutes. The white of the mixture tells us that our sins have been cleaned by Jesus and therefore we are pure in the eyes of God – Isaiah 1:18; John 3:1-3
Fold the broken nuts into the egg mixture. Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto a baking sheet covered with baking paper. Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid – Matthew 27:57-60.
Place the tray in a 150°C oven. Turn the oven off. “Seal” the oven with tape. Jesus’ tomb was sealed – Matthew 27:65-66
Go to bed while the biscuits cook overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed – John 16:20,22.
On Easter morning, break the seal from the oven and take out the biscuits. When you bite into them, they are hollow! Jesus’ followers were amazed and overjoyed to find the tomb open and empty – Matthew 28:1-9.
HE IS RISEN!
However you tell the Good News of the Easter story, may this be an Easter that you and your children will never forget!