Are you concerned that your children or grandchildren won’t be able to get past all the bunnies, colored eggs, and candy to remember the real reason we celebrate Easter? I used to be! We wanted our children’s first thoughts about Easter every year to be about Jesus’ resurrection and not about candy, eggs or chocolate bunnies.
We didn’t buy our children Easter baskets for this reason, but after we had read the Scriptures about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and worshiped on Easter Sunday, Monday morning we would help ourselves to the candy on the clearance aisle.
We enjoyed the baby chicks, bunnies, and colorful eggs in the context of God bringing new life into our lives after a dreary winter. Two or three weeks before Easter we would hide colored eggs, but avoided doing it on Easter weekend.
One tradition that we especially enjoyed was making Resurrection Biscuits on Sunday morning. They were easy and fun and such a powerful visual of the miraculous resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. You and your children and grandchildren will enjoy making memories doing this!
The 5 simple ingredients are:
- Canned biscuits
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Roll out biscuits (which represents the grave clothes that they wrapped Jesus in, and later it represents the tomb)
- Spread on butter (which represents the oil)
- Sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar (which represents the spices Jesus’ followers used to prepare His body for burial)
- Lay the marshmallow on the biscuit (The white marshmallow represents Jesus’ pure, sinless body being placed in the tomb.)
- Wrap the dough securely around the marshmallow and fold or pinch the edges tightly. (They sealed the tomb so no one could steal Jesus’ body.)
- Bake at 350 degrees for the amount of time listed on the biscuit can directions. (12-16 minutes)
After the biscuits are baked and you open them up, there will be a hole in the center where the marshmallow has dissolved! This represents the empty tomb! This is a simple reminder of the power Jesus revealed when He resurrected Himself from the grave and conquered death!
The fact that Jesus had the power to raise himself from the dead proves to us He can and will also raise our dead bodies one day! What an awesome promise and what an Almighty God! This removes a lot of the fear and uncertainty of death for the believer.
Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, inasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:55-58)
No other founder of any other religion has ever been resurrected from the dead….ever! They died and their bodies turned to dust in the grave. There is historical evidence of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. That body that still held the piercings from his crucifixion, was seen by more than 500 people at one time! (I Corinthians 15:3-6)
Why would Sinless Jesus be willing to lay down His life for sinners who deserved punishment in hell? As puzzling as it is, it is because He loves us! I’ll never understand it. I’ve been thinking about 2 Corinthians 8:9,
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
Wow! Just wow. He gave us His everything…right down to His own life!…so He could make a way for us to be with Him forever in heaven. I hope you have repented of your sins, made Him Lord of your life and received this incredible gift of eternal life.
In the Message in John 17:24 Jesus prayed to God,
“Father, I want those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, so they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me. Having loved me long before there ever was a world. Righteous Father, the world has never known you, but I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. I have made your very being known to them–Who you are and what you do– and continue to make it known, so that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them.”
May you have a wonderfully blessed Easter as you celebrate our amazing Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
All because of Him,