This is a great family activity where crescent rolls are baked with marshmallows inside. As the rolls bake the marshmallow melts and a hollow is created. This hollow represents the empty tomb on Easter morning. The crescent rolls are the tomb, the marshmallow represents Jesus, the butter represents the oil used to anoint a body before burial, and the cinnamon and sugar represents the linen cloths used to prepare the body of Jesus for burial.
While the rolls bake, read the following scripture:
John 20:1-9 (NIrV)
Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. It was still dark. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. So she ran to Simon Peter and another disciple, the one Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb! We don't know where they have put him!"
So Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. Both of them were running. The other disciple ran faster than Peter. He reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there. But he did not go in.
Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived. He went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there. He also saw the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself. It was separate from the linen.
The disciple who had reached the tomb first also went inside. He saw and believed. They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this reminder of the resurrection of Jesus which we celebrate on Easter. We are grateful that because the tomb was empty, Jesus remains alive in us today. Amen.”
When the rolls come out of the oven, share them as a family and savor the sweetness which is the love that God has for you.