This week's object lesson is from John 20
Jesus died for our sins but the best part is that He didn't stay dead! He beat death!!!
Object Lesson: "Easter Cookie Story"
You’ll Need: 1c. whole pecans / 1 tsp. vinegar / 3 egg whites / a pinch salt / 1c. sugar / zipper baggie / wooden spoon / tape
1. Preheat oven to 300
2. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon. Explain Jesus was arrested & beaten. (Read John 19:1-3.)
3. Smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. When Jesus was thirsty on the cross 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. Taste the salt. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. (Read Luke 23:27.)
6. Add 1c. 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.)
7. 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 Isaiah. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.)
8. 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 Matt. 27:57-60.)
9. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Close the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. (Read Matt.27:65-66.)
10. 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.)
11. 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.
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