Linda's Cozy Mysteries
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Jill sent this wonderful recipe. Don't wait for Easter to introduce this concept to your children! It's such a sweet representation of Christ's love for us!--Linda
Cookies for Easter to be made the evening before Easter.
You will need:
to preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important - don't wait until you're half done with the recipe)!
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. Vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Place pecans in zipper baggie 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 Palms 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 -- in
God's eyes -- the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 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 Matt. 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 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
Notice the cracked surface and take a20bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to
find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9
Share The Easter Cookie Story With Friends and Family
Friday, April 10, 2009
In the final three hours Jesus hung on the cross, darkness hung over the land, symbolic of the spiritual darkness in the hearts of men and the absolute darkness of sin upon all of mankind. But when Jesus yielded up his spirit on the cross at Golgotha, three most notable things happened.
Matthew 27: 51 "And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked and the rocks were split." First, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The veil was not a gossamer-thin cloth one might imagine when the word "veil" is mentioned, but inches thick, strong and sturdy, sort of like a phone book. The veil was meant to keep people out and God in! Except for one priest chosen by lot to enter once a year. But now God and man would no longer separated by sin!
Second, the earth quaked and the rocks were split. An earthquake strong enough to split rocks into pieces would surely have caused more extensive damage. When Jesus breathed His last breath on earth and paid for all our sins, a monumental change in the universe occurred. Death, Hell and the grave were conquered. For mankind that meant and means complete victory over the bondage of sin!
Third, in Matthew 27:52-43, "The graves were opened and many of the bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after the resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many." Can you imagine that? Hollywood always skips over that part in Biblical movies! Maybe it's too incredible even for them!
But here's something even more incredible. Take a look in Exodus. "And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solumne oath saying, 'God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.'"--Exodus 13:19. Though Joseph's body was prepared in the manner of the Egyptians, he left explicit instructions before he died, that someday when his people left Egypt, they would carry his bones with them. Why? Was it simply a desire for his bones to rest in the presence of his people? Most likely--yes. But perhaps God had given Joseph something more--a glimpse of things to come, or a revelation in his heart. Regardless, the bones of Joseph left Egypt and traveled with the children of Israel until they settled in the Promised Land. And there, just as he expressed in his last desire, Joseph was buried...
What if Joseph was among those who's graves were opened during the earthquake? What if Joseph's body was resurrected? Can you imagine seeing Joseph walking around town, perhaps arrayed in his famous coat of many colors?
But if seeing Joseph come to life turned heads, imagine three days later seeing Jesus rise from the grave!
Jesus defeated death, Hell and the grave for us. That open grave is also symbolic of our own--your grave and mine. Eternal death no longer rules over us. All those who receive the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus will not be bound by a grave. No grave can ever hold us! Your eternal life began the moment you asked Jesus into your heart!
Thank you Jesus for sacrificing Your life for us. Forgiving us and for giving us eternal life!