Buttermilk biscuits are a lot like bread except that biscuits are made with baking soda or baking powder instead of yeast. You can mix them up and pop them right in the oven; no need to let them raise before you bake them. This makes biscuits a favorite, especially with gravy or jelly. McDonald's has great biscuits and you can order them with just jelly. That's my favorite -- a warm biscuit and grape jelly that drips through my fingers. Anyone want to run to McDonald's with me?
Now when I think of a quick "bread" to eat, I think about the story of the Hebrew people who left Egypt in such a hurry that they didn't have time to let their bread rise so their bread was flat, almost like a cracker. Why did they leave in such a hurry? Do you remember? It was because Moses (and God!) had convinced Pharaoh to let the Hebrews leave their lives of slavery to go back to the Promised Land. It took a lot of plagues and disasters, but Pharaoh finally agreed. So they left quickly.
Every year as a way to remember leaving Egypt they celebrate with a Passover meal with that same flat bread. Jesus ate that Passover meal the night he was betrayed by Judas before He was crucified. And we still remember that Last Supper that Jesus had with our celebration of communion. We take that little cup of grape juice and a little piece of flat cracker and thank God for what Jesus did for us on the cross and for his forgiveness of our sins! Buttermilk biscuits are a lot like that communion bread. A bread that doesn't use yeast, eaten with grape jelly (just like the grape juice we use for communion).
Think about this today: If you haven't said "thanks" to Jesus recently for his forgiveness, this would be a great day to do that. Maybe you and your mom could whip up a batch of biscuits to celebrate this day.
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Writen by Sue Van Hal, Children's Church Leader