Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Place pecans in zip-lock bag and let 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 each child
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 Psalms 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. Read Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3. Fold in broken
nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound
represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 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
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 Matthew