Several years ago, we started the tradition of making Resurrection Rolls for Easter morning breakfast. These aren’t just any rolls, though. These rolls tell a story- the story of Easter. I wanted to share our tradition with you so maybe you could start the tradition with your family, as well.
You will need: a Bible, refrigerated crescent rolls, a jumbo marshmallow for each crescent roll you want to make, melted butter, cinnamon & sugar, and a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or foil.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
The pure white marshmallow represents Jesus. Pilate found no fault in Jesus before he was sent to be crucified. Read Luke 23:4-5a and 1 Peter 2:22.
“Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent.” Luke 23:4-5a
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22
For older kids, you may want to read the whole story of the crucifixion – Luke 23:1-49.
Separate and spread out the crescent rolls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Take a marshmallow and dip it in the melted butter. Then, roll the buttered marshmallow around in the cinnamon and sugar. Place the marshmallow on a section of crescent roll dough. Roll the dough around the marshmallow. Once all of the rolls are assembled, place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 13-15 minutes.
The butter, cinnamon and sugar represent the oils and spices they used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. The crescent rolls represent the linen cloths that were wrapped around Jesus after his death. The oven represents the tomb. Read Luke 23:50-56.
“Then (Joseph) took (Jesus’ body) down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.” Luke 23:53
“The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes.” Luke 23:55-56
While you wait for the resurrection rolls to bake, read Matthew 28:1-10.
When the rolls are done baking, pull them out and cut one open. The marshmallow is gone; all that is left is the crescent roll and spices. This represents Jesus being gone from the tomb and all that was left were the linens!
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6
We end by reading The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 as we eat our breakfast of Resurrection Rolls. (Each roll is approximately 18g of carbs, by the way.)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20