Have a GOOD Friday! Because it was once the darkest day in history, it's now the best of all the Fridays in the year! If you celebrate Easter and the Resurrection, here's a fun snack to make with your kids to highlight the reason that Easter is such a special holiday.
1 package refrigerated crescent rolls
Preheat Oven to 350
Give each child a triangle of a crescent roll, this represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Read Matthew 27:57-61 to set the scene for the making of the snack.
Next, give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.(don't get too hung up on Jesus being a marshmallow...think white, spotless...) Then have them dip the marshmallow in the melted butter.
This represents the oils of embalming.(that's what they would do to prepare the body for burial back in Biblical times) After the marshmallow is covered in butter, dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to anoint the body. Finally, let them wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (important: bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death. Place the crescent rolls on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. (The oven represents the tomb - pretend like it was three days!) Let the rolls cool slightly. The children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.) (They also taste really good!) Now read Matthew 28:5-8..for the rest of the story. This is a fun way to share the good news with friends and neighbors as well. Just like the women who left the tomb went to share the news, we too can share the reason why Good Friday is so Good. It is good news that Jesus died and rose agian. Romans 5:8 tells us “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:8 Have a Happy Easter as you celebrate our Risen Lord!