The Story of the Jelly Bean

Little jelly beans
Tell a story true.
A tale of our Father’s love
That’s just for me and you.

GREEN is for the new spring grass.
YELLOW is for the sun above.
BROWN is for the soft earth where
People sat hearing of HIS love.

PURPLE’S for the robe he wore
RED is for that precious wine.
BLACK is for the sins He washed
From your soul and mine.

BLUE’S for the sadness of
HIS friends and family,
and WHITE is for the glory of the Day
HE rose for you and me.

Now that you’ve heard the story
You know what each color means.
The story of our Father’s love
As told by jelly beans.
So when you see jelly beans on this Easter season,
stop and remember,
Jesus is the reason!

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Easter Story Cookies

to be made the night before Easter…….

You need:
* 1 cup whole pecans
* 1 tsp. vinegar
* 3 egg whites
* pinch salt
* 1 cup sugar
* zipper baggie
* wooden spoon
* tape
* Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important – don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe!)
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19: 1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the
cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19: 28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10: 10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents
the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23: 27
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that
Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalms 34: 8 and John 3: 16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents
the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1: 18 and John 3: 1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents
the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read Matthew 27: 57-60
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27: 65-66
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in
despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16: 20-22
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie,. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.
The cookies are hollow! Explain that on the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28: 1-9
THANK YOU JESUS FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR US!

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