The story of Easter is the foundation of Christian faith. Easter Sunday is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Yet, somehow, Easter has become overly commercialized to represent bunnies, eggs, and candy. So much so, in fact, we tend to forget the true meaning of Easter and the real reason behind why we celebrate.
The Bible has no mention of “Easter” or a long-eared, short-tailed bunny who delivers candy filled eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday. But nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday.
From a Christian perspective, rabbits represent fertility and new life and Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus emerging from the tomb. It is believed that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.
It is difficult for children to grasp the idea of Jesus’ resurrection and the Promise of Eternal Life and let’s face it, chocolate bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans are much more exciting. But it is still important to instill worship and praise into your yearly family traditions along with the fun.
Easter is first and foremost, a time to reflect. So, while you’re busy decorating, filling, hiding, and hunting those eggs, or standing in line to get a picture with the Easter bunny, in honor of this Holy Week, please take a moment to remember the last week of Jesus’ life. Remember is trial and how He was sentenced to death and crucified on Good Friday. And lastly, remember how His burial and resurrection. Remember how He gave his life for us. How he paid the price, and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11.25-26)
He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives. Salvation to impart.
You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart!