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Good Friday to you all!

Good Friday to you all!

Good Friday to you all!

by | Mar 29, 2013 | Food, From The Ends Of The Earth, Lizzie's Story, Recipes | 0 comments

Today is Good Friday, a terribly sad yet beautifully humbling day to celebrate our Savior! Because He lives I can face tomorrow and today! I am reminded how we were all once “orphans” and can all be “adopted” by simply confessing our need for Him. Through His sacrifice “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will….” Ephesians 1:5. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me!!! I’m so looking forward to sharing this beautiful truth with my daughter!  We are ALL loved and we are not Fatherless. I pray for all the orphans of the world and that we can find a way to be a light to each of them!

 

While I know there are several arguments on celebrating Easter, I believe it’s ok as long as you don’t lose sight of the Resurrection and you’re doing what you can to share the love of Christ with everyone.  This morning I’ve spent my time compiling a few fun activities we’ve done over the years. I did copy some of this and I honestly don’t remember where it all came from, sorry to not be able to give credit to all the original peeps who came up with these great ideas!

Easter Activities

 

Why Eggs??
I sometimes struggle with this but here is how it was explained to me: Christianity inherited this symbolic tradition from many different cultures.  However, the Christians added a new meaning to the symbolism of the egg, for just as the hard shell of the egg is broken open so that new life can emerge, so was the rock-hewn tomb of Jesus broken open when he rose from the dead on the third day.   Ancient cultures saw the egg as a symbol of the rebirth of nature, but Christians came to see it as a symbol of the rebirth of mankind.
When dying Easter eggs, talk about how each color represents part of the story… green- palm branches; purple– wine (& bread); orange– the money paid to Judas; blue- our sins; red- Christ’s blood; brown (when they mix all the colors together)– the cross; white (use white crayon to make a cross on the egg)- His forgiveness; yellow- the resurrection & Heaven!! I found this link on Pinterest and liked it! Take a peak!  http://www.ourfamilyforhisglory.com/2012/03/making-easter-about-jesus/
Resurrection Rolls
Make a great Easter morning breakfast. You can put these together the night before with the kids and pop them in the oven first thing in the morning. It’s so exciting to see the “empty tomb” and bring the focus back on what we really are to be celebrating!! He has risen and we serve a living Savior!
Ingredients:
  • 
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 
8 large marshmallows
  • 
1/4 cup melted butter
  • 
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet or put liners in a muffin tin (both work great).
2. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
3. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
4. Dip a marshmallow (Christ’s body) into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture (oils and spices used to anoint Christ’s body). Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle (the tomb). Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet or in muffin cup.

Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.*I sometimes add a glaze for a little extra sweet, you could say it represents the tears before we knew the tomb was empty. Glaze recipe: mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 2-3 Tbsp milk. Just drizzle on after baking.

Resurrection cookies
To make the cookies, you will need:
•  1 ziplock bag
•  a hammer
•  1 cup whole pecans
•  3 egg whites
•  1 tsp vinegar
•  a pinch of salt
•  1 cup sugar
•  tape
•  Bible
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 300°. Do NOT skip this very first (VERY IMPORTANT) step!
2. Begin following the chart below. Read the scriptures to the child and discuss each part of making the cookies and how it relates to the Resurrection.
Cookie Instructions
Biblical Correlation & Explanation
Corresponding Bible Verses
Place pecans in ziplock bag and let the child beat them with a hammer.
Jesus was arrested and beaten by the Roman soldiers.
John 19:1-3
Let the child smell the vinegar and put it into the mixing bowl.
When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, the soldiers gave him vinegar to drink.
John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar.
Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give life to us.
John 10:10-11
Sprinkle salt into the child’s hand and let them taste it. Brush remaining salt into bowl.
Salty tears were shed by Jesus’ followers.
Luke 23:27
Add sugar to the bowl.
The “sweet” part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us! He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Psalms 34:8
John 3:16
Beat ingredients on high speed for 15 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
White represents our sins being cleansed by Jesus.
Isaiah 1:18
John 3:1-3
Fold in beaten nuts and drop teaspoon sizes of the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
The mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Matthew 27:57-60
Place cookie sheet in oven and turn it OFF!!! Give the child a piece of tape to seal the oven door.
Jesus was placed in His tomb and it was sealed.
Matthew 27:65-66
Go to bed. (Explain that they may be sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.)
Jesus’ followers were sad and in despair when His tomb was sealed.
John 16:20,22
On Resurrection morning, open the oven and eat cookies, taking notice of the cracked surface and that the cookies are hollow.
On the first Resurrection, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Matthew 28:1-9

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