Happy Easter!


life-of-jesusWe are in the middle of the Easter season.  Both Easter and Christmas are similar in that they begin with the same 40-day season of preparation and they celebrate the same person.  Christmas begins with Advent preparing for the coming of the Christ child.  Easter begins with Lent preparing for the death and resurrection of Christ.  Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christ.  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

All of this was a plan put in place by God to redeem His magnum opus, His prize creation, mankind.  God created the earth and all the plants and animals in it for mankind, and it was “very good.”  God enjoyed intimate fellowship with His masterpiece.  Then the man and woman, God’s favorite creation, turned their backs on God.  God was not willing to leave them in that condition.  He desired the intimate fellowship He once enjoyed with mankind, but there was a penalty to be paid for mankind’s rejection of God, for mankind’s sin.  No man or woman, even if he or she lived a thousand lives, could ever pay that penalty.

So God made a plan.  He would send His Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin, live a perfect, sinless life, die a horrible death, and rise from the dead thereby securing the payment for the penalty for the sin of all mankind.

Now God offers this payment for the penalty of sin to every man, woman, and child who will turn from their sin and accept this payment.  This is the ultimate celebration of both Christmas and Easter.

Resurrection Rolls

Ingredients:

1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows
Melted butter
Cinnamon
Sugar

Instructions:

  • Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll. This represents the tomb.
  • Each child takes one marshmallow which represents the body of Christ.
  • Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.
  • Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.
  • Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (Otherwise the marshmallow will “ooze” out of the seams)
  • Bake according to package directions.
  • Cool.
  • Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!
  • Celebrate God’s love!
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