Friday, April 2, 2010

Days of Play--Good Friday Resurrection Activity (and treat)

Crescent rolls, marshmallows, butter, and cinnamon-sugar teach us that 
indeed Jesus Christ has risen!  
Scripture: (depending on child's age)
Matthew 28:1-8, 11-15; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10  

Application:Jesus died, but He overcame death through the power of the resurrection!  

Summary: Before Jesus died, He had told His disciples that He would raise up the temple after three days, which He was speaking of the temple of His body. Three days after His death, some women, who were disciples of Jesus, came to the place where He was buried to anoint Him some more. They found the tomb empty. There had been a big earthquake and an angel who had come down from heaven, told them that Jesus was alive indeed! The women ran to tell the other disciples the good news. Peter and John ran to see for themselves and were amazed to see the tomb empty, with just the linen cloths, with which Jesus had been wrapped, laying there.  

Focus:That our children would understand that Jesus is alive forevermore and that there is power in His resurrection that will enable them to be resurrected to everlasting life someday too if they will just believe upon Him as Lord and Savior.  

Learn about the resurrection first hand. 
  1. First, have each child take a crescent roll and lay it out flat. Tell them this represents the linen cloths that will wrap up Jesus. 
  2. Then take a large marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus taken down from the cross. 
  3. Now anoint Him with oil and spices by rolling Him in the butter and cinnamon-sugar. Wrap Him up in the crescent roll linen wrappings and pinch and press all the seams together carefully (so that the marshmallow does not ooze out) and place on a baking sheet. 
  4. Now put him in the tomb (the oven) and roll up the stone (close the oven door) and bake according to the instructions on the crescent roll package. 
  5. Guard the tomb, but allow the children to watch that you do not get into the oven. 
  6. When the timer goes off, have your kids yell and jump like there is a great earthquake and have the children run up to the tomb. 
  7. Roll away the stone (open the oven door) and pull out the baking sheet. Put one of the crescent rolls on each child’s plate with them watching you the entire time.  
  8. When they break open or bit into the linen wrappings, they will not find Jesus (the marshmallow) anymore. He has risen! (And the treat is not too bad either)  

Memory Verse: 
“I am alive forevermore.” 
Revelation 1:18    
Prayer: Dear Lord, we praise You for the power of Your resurrection and ask for that power in our lives to accomplish Your will and purpose.  

Living the Life: 
Discuss with your children the wonder and awe of our risen Lord. Discuss how this changes our future and hope!

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