A quick clarification before we move on to our object lesson. When I told everyone we had a big announcement a week ago, I actually did make the announcement in the post that followed. The announcement was that the girls are potty trained. No more diapers! I just wanted to clarify this because one of Ted’s uncles now thinks I am pregnant and I am NOT pregnant nor are we trying. My plate is full with my four kids who are now all potty trained. Yeah!
On to the next thing…Ted and I have been trying to start family traditions around the holidays that are actually based on the religious reasons for celebrating the holiday and not just the secular part. Don’t get me wrong, I love coloring Easter eggs, going on egg hunts and Easter basket treasure hunts. But nowhere in any of these great traditions do we talk about why we even have this holiday called Easter. I have been trying to come up with something but wasn’t really having any good luck. Enter my awesome mother-in-law. She said they did this at her church and it worked great with our kids.
We first got a tube of biscuits and smashed them down until they were flat.
We then got out marshmallows. They are white and represent Jesus who is pure, sinless and holy. When Jesus died, they wrapped him in spices. Take the marshmallow and roll it in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar (the spices).
Jesus was placed in the tomb. Take the marshmallow and put it in the center of the flatted biscuit.
They rolled a stone to close the tomb so that nobody could steal the body. Wrap the biscuit around the marshmallow and pinch the edges together so the marshmallow is sealed inside. Roll the biscuit in more cinnamon sugar for more delicious spices. Bake in the oven.
We had the kids guess what they thought would happen, so it was no surprise when the rolls came out of the oven and we found the biscuit empty, just as Mary and the other women found Jesus’ tomb, empty. Jesus had risen and made it able for people like us who are full of sin to go to heaven. Granted our marshmallow was gone and it did not go to heaven but it did melt into a layer of sugary goodness somewhere in the bread that was delicious to eat.