In one fell swoop, I have thoroughly screwed up my kids' Christian theology with my failed attempt to creatively illustrate the "empty tomb." Shoot!
I should have known better than to try to do something "crafty." I have no "craft" skills whatsoever, but I thought there was no way I could mess up on this simple project. I talked myself into doing it because it would be a great way to talk about Easter and its true meaning with my kids and I thought it would be a great tradition to start doing with them. So, I went for it.
The blogs I read which described these "resurrection rolls" made it look so easy. You just roll a marshmallow in butter cinnamon and sugar and wrap it tightly in a crescent roll, bake for 15 minutes, and "VOILA" you bite into an empty tomb because the marshmallow (the body of Jesus) has melted away (risen from the dead). So, we followed all the instructions as I talked to the kids about Jesus being put in the tomb after he was nailed to the cross. The only hitch in this portion of the project was keeping my kids from eating Jesus' body (the marshmallows). After all the tombs were filled, I put them in the oven and hyped the kids up with excitement over "Jesus' body" disappearing because He "rose from the dead!" I could barely keep myself from peeking into the oven! When the timer beeped, we all rushed to the oven and pull out our empty tombs. To my dismay, this is what we found...
The body oozing all over the tombs.
Noah: (Totally bummed) "Awww man, Jesus didn't rose! He's still in there."
Me and Ricky: (Stifled laughter...more stifled laughter...still more laughter)
Me: "It's ok buddy, just go have a seat and I'll fix them."
I proceeded to "fix" the tombs by scraping the oozing body off of them and then serving them to the kids. When Noah bit into his, he discovered that the tomb was in fact empty. However, Maia was a different story. She informed me that she had bitten into a piece of Jesus' body. I asked her to show me where it was and upon further inspection, I am happy to report that it was just a dense part of the tomb. Phew!
Needless to say this illustration contained many flaws...some may even say blasphemy probably due to my ineptness in the craft department. All this to warn you moms out there who are creatively challenged to proceed with caution when doing a creative illustration with core beliefs. You could be doing a lot a clean up.