Story Cookies
(To be made the evening before Resurrection Sunday.)

1 cup whole pecans
Zipper baggy
Wooden Spoon
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2.  Place pecans in baggy and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested the Roman soldiers beat him.  Read John 19:1-3

3.  Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl.  Explain that Jesus was thirsty on the cross and he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30

4.  Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.  Read John 10:10-11

5.  Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand to taste and then
brush 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

6.  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 and we belong to Him.  Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:1-3

7.  Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 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.  Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

8.   Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.   Read Matthew 27:57-60

9.  Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn OFF the oven.

10.  Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.  Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.  Read Matthew 27:65-66

11.  Go to bed.  Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.  Jesus' followers were sad 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 bit.  The cookies are hollow.  On the first Resurrection Sunday, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.  Read Matthew 28:1-9.

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