Before this year I had never heard of Resurrection Rolls. I never knew what I was missing! From this year forward they will be part of our Easter celebration. I have to thank my sweet cousin Donna Bailey for telling me about them. This is something they do at her son’s school to demonstrate what Easter is all about. She shared it with me, so now I am sharing it with you. Thank you, Donna!!
To do this activity you’ll need:
- 2 tubes of crescent roll dough
- 8 large marshmallows (or more if your kids are like mine and want to eat them)
- melted butter
- 2 T sugar & 1 t cinnamon combined
Before you begin read Mark 15:42-47 Go over the traditional way that bodies were buried back in Jesus’ day. Then demonstrate how they would have prepared Jesus’ body for burial.
Dip the marshmallow (Jesus’ body) in the butter and cinnamon (the perfume and spices) then wrap the marshmallow in the dough (the burial linens). To prevent the marshmallow from leaking out of the dough use two pieces of dough per marshmallow and make sure it is tightly secured. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Explain how they laid Jesus’ body in a tomb and rolled a large stone to seal the door. Then place your wrapped marshmallows in an oven heated to 400 degrees for 13-15 min.
Once the rolls are out of the oven read Mark 16:1-8 and 1 Corinthians 15:14-19.
Then cut open one of the rolls. The marshmallow is gone!! My kids were totally blown away!
This was such a fun way to show them that Jesus’ body did not stay in the tomb. He rose again! He was no longer there when the women arrived at the tomb on Sunday morning.
This is the foundation of all we believe. Paul put it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Here are some questions to ask during the activity:
- Why wasn’t it enough for Jesus to just die on the cross for our sins?
- What is the importance of him rising from the dead?
- Who did Jesus say he was?
- What was Jesus if he wasn’t God?
- What is our hope since Jesus rose from the dead?
- What would our hope be if he didn’t?
I am so grateful for those of you who have shared activities with me. Thank you for the ideas and please, keep them coming. You can submit an activity idea to email@example.com.