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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Resurrection Rolls - Easter!

Easter is this week!  I love Easter and usually fill my kids with Eater treats, stories of Christ and traditions.  However, this year I've really fallen short.  I'm lagging in all things this year.  But, I was at a MOMS Connection meeting last Thursday and one of my sweet mom friends mentioned resurrection rolls so I came home and googled it.  I found this link and we did it right away!  It really is pretty simple and you probably have all the ingredients to do it.  I grabbed my Bible and we got started!

Here's what you need:
1 can of Crescent rolls
melted butter
cinnamon & sugar
Large Marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Unroll the crescent rolls.  The rolls represent the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Read Matthew 27:57-61
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.

1. The marshmallow represents Jesus.  Give one to the children.
2. Have them dip the marshmallow into the melted butter.  The butter represents the oil of embalming.  
3. Now they'll roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon/sugar combination.  These represent the spices used to the anoint the body.
4. Now wrap the marshmallow tightly in the roll, seal the marshmallow inside.  This will represent Jesus' body being wrapped after death.
5. Place the rolls in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.  The oven represents the tomb.  Pretend it was three days.
6. Let the rolls cool.  After the rolls have cooled let the children open their rolls (cloth).  They'll discover he is no longer there!  He has risen! (The marshmallow has melted and the roll has puffed up)

Read Matthew 28:5-8

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you."
And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.

You can go on to explain that he had risen from the dead, that no one had taken his body.  He appeared in person to Peter, the 12 disciples, and then to more than 500 people.  Rising from the dead proved he was the Messiah.

May you have a blessed Easter with your loved ones!

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