Experiencing Holy Week is to walk through Jesus’ most trying hours, contemplating the events that led to Easter.
(Black Saturday) Jesus is buried in the tomb
Read and pray through the burial of Jesus (Matthew 27: 57-66)
Resurrection rolls: Prepare resurrection rolls (recipe provided- when baked the roll has a hollow centre). They can be baked early on Easter morning.
Resurrection Roll Recipe
For the dough:
- ½ cup warm milk
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoon yeast (active dry)
- 3 Tablespoon butter melted
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg lightly beaten at room temperature
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups cake flour
- 8 large marshmallows
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons butter melted
- Add milk, 1 TBS sugar and yeast to the pan of your standing mixer fitted with the dough hook and stir to combine. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes or until frothy/foamy.
- Add butter, 3 TBS sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix at low speed to combine.
- Add salt, cinnamon and flour and mix on medium-high speed until a slightly tacky but firm ball forms.
- Remove dough from the mixer and knead with your hands until smooth.
- Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
- While the dough is rising, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, roll the dough out into a 36cm round circle about 5mm thick.
- Cut the dough into 8 equal-sized triangles.
- Take one marshmallow and dip it into the melted butter until all sides are completely coated.
- Remove from the butter and place the marshmallow into the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Roll the marshmallow until completely coated in cinnamon sugar.
- Place the coated marshmallow in the centre of one of your triangles of dough.
- Fold the dough around the marshmallow and roll it in your hands until it is completely sealed. You do not want to leave any cracks at all or the marshmallow will ooze out.
- Once completely sealed, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat with the remaining 7 marshmallows.
- Cover rolls with a tea towel and preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
- Once the oven is preheated, bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.
- Let cool on a wire rack and then peek inside!
Use the resurrection rolls to tell the following story to your children:
“Jesus was completely perfect and pure. He never sinned. There were some people who didn’t like him because He said He was God. They crucified Him and He died on the cross on Good Friday. A man named Joseph took His body down from the cross.
Give each child a marshmallow. Then tell them: “This marshmallow represents the body of Jesus. It is white because Jesus was pure and sinless. Back during Jesus’ time, they prepared bodies for burial by putting special oils and spices on the body. The butter and the cinnamon-sugar represent these oils and spices. Have them dip the marshmallow first in the melted butter, and roll it around. Then, roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
“Next, they wrapped Jesus’ body in a white cloth. We’re going to wrap up our marshmallows like Jesus’ body was wrapped in cloth.” Place the marshmallows on the triangular shaped pieces of dough, and wrap them up. Pinch all the seams shut. They will look like dough balls when you’re finished.
Place your rolls in the oven early on Easter morning and tell your children: “Then they placed Jesus’ body in a tomb cut in stone. They sealed it with a heavy rock so that no one could get in and placed soldiers in front of the tomb to guard it!”
Bake the rolls for 10 to 12 minutes until they are golden brown. Before removing them from the oven, tell your children: “Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days and then rose from the dead!”
Remove the rolls from the oven. Some of the melted marshmallows probably escaped onto the wax paper you placed under the rolls before baking. Allow the rolls to cool for about 10 minutes before continuing.
Now cut the roll in half to reveal that it is empty inside! Then tell your children: “When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, the tomb was empty, just like our rolls are empty inside! It’s just like an empty tomb!”
Read: • Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 • Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 • 1 Peter 4:1-8
- As you observe Holy Saturday, the day we hold vigil while Jesus lay in the tomb, consider the depths of God’s love for you by giving his own Son to save you.
- Knowing what comes tomorrow in the story, how does today help you better trust in God?
- Could the disciples have fully envisioned the next chapters in Jesus’ story?
- How do you think they still trusted in God, even through these latest events?
- How can you trust in God, even when His ways don’t seem to make sense and the days are dark?
- How can you still trust in God’s love for you?
- What does 1 Peter 4:8 tell us about love for each other?
Respond in Prayer: Heavenly Father, what great love you have for me that you would send your only begotten Son to die for my sins. How can I ever doubt your love or your ways? Yet in these dark moments, I start to question and doubt. I wonder what comes next and I fail to recall your great faithfulness. Lord, forgive my unbelief and help me believe. Help me to trust you in all things, in all times, even through the valleys and dark seasons of my life. For you are my rock and my refuge, my strength in the storm. Your love never ceases, your mercies never end. You are enough for me – more than enough. Help to me to remember that all the days of my life. Lead me to walk in love, as a shining reflection of your love into this world. And help me live the life you desire of me, bringing glory to you in all that I do. Amen.
It is with pleasure that I post this Good News on behalf of my home church in Cape Town, South Africa: