Easter with Kids: Resurrection Rolls

As I sat in church on Wednesday recording our Good Friday and Maundy Thursday service I was wondering how our family was going to celebrate Easter this year.

I had dreams of a clean house.

Dreams of waking them up to watch the sunset and having deep theological conversations.

Dreams of having the meals and everything perfectly laid out.

And then reality slapped me in the face. As I type this it is already Thursday. Let’s keep it simple and concentrate on Christ for us. And focus on giving Christ to the kids this Sunday.

This is what I came up with. It’s simple so we will actually do it.

Every year the kids adore making resurrection rolls. I typed this out so we have something to read while we make them. I am actually looking forward to this. Chances are we will do this in our PJ’s. How about your family?

Here is a PDF so you can print it off and have it in your hands instead of having to search for it on your phone or computer.

Here is our plan….

Basic/Overall instructions:

Supplies:

Marshmallows

Cresent rolls

Butter

Cinnamon and sugar mix

Summary of how to make the rolls:

Roll the marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon-sugar mix.  Put the marshmallow inside of the crescent roll and roll it up tight around it.  Try to seal it up as best as possible otherwise it gets everywhere.  

Here is what you can read and do:

Look at how white and pure the marshmallow is.  Jesus is the same. While Jesus is perfect we are not.  We sin every day. Jesus knew that if nothing was done if no sacrifice was made our sin would separate us from him.  He loves us so much so he did not want us to be apart. He came to this earth. He lived the perfect life because he knew we could not be perfect.  

These rolls we are going to make today are sweet and delicious but the love that Jesus has for us is much sweeter.  Each time we make these we can go through the steps and remember how much Jesus loves us and all he did for us.

Jesus came to this earth perfect and he stayed perfect the whole time.  He stayed perfect when he was tempted. He stayed perfect when friends were mean.  He stayed perfect when life was hard. Everything he did was what his heavenly father wanted him to do.  

Jesus was perfect yet he still had to die.  We will all die one day too but because of what Jesus did for us we won’t stay dead just like he did not stay dead.  

Let’s read about Jesus, how he died and what happened after he died.

Mark 15:21-41

“And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.  And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him.  And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him, they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, waging their heads and saying.”Aha!  You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross! So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another saying “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.”  Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.  

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice “ELOI ELOI LEMA sabachthani? Which means “My God my God why have you forsaken me?  And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold he is calling Elijah. And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come and take him down.”  And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’

There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.  When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

And when evening had come since it was the day of preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock.  And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where he was laid.

What did Joseph provide for Jesus?

Our crescent roll is what we are going to use as the tomb.

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from us from the entrance of the tomb?”

What was it the women were going to do?  What did they bring with them?

We have those types of things too to make our sweet treat.  We have butter that is like the oil. We have cinnamon and sugar mixed together like they had spices.

The women were going to put oil and spices on the body of Jesus and we are going to do the same thing with the oil and spices we have to our marshmallow.

Who does the marshmallow remind us of?  Why would we pick a white marshmallow?

When our marshmallow Jesus is all prepared for the tomb we are going to use our crescent roll and roll him up inside of it.  

Once they are all rolled up we will place them on the tray or in a muffin tin.  Place them in the oven. And wait. While we wait for them to bake we can color these bookmarks that we can send to people to tell and remind them of the resurrection.

(Follow the directions on the crescent rolls for baking time and temperature)

And while you are coloring I will read the rest of the story and about what the women find.

Mark 16:4-8

“And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back, it was very large  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, jas as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

Do you think it will be like what the women found?  Do you think it will be empty?

When the rolls are done and cooled take them out and let each kid open it to see if the marshmallow Jesus is still in the tomb or if he has risen.

Then ask

Where did he go?

Where is he now?

If they are still holding on or if they are older you could read Luke 24:13-34 about when Jesus walks the road to Emmaus with them.  

Jesus was walking the road to Emmaus with the disciples but they did not recognize him.  It is the same for us at times. Jesus is always with us. He is always walking with us yet we can not see him or sometimes we forget he is there.  But he is always with us.

How is Jesus with you today and every day?

He is Risen

He is Risen Indeed.

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