March 28, 2011

A song about what Easter is all about


March 28, 2011

“Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.”

Matthew 27:63 KJV

Ever stopped to wonder how bunnies, eggs and scavenger hunts are related to Easter’s religious celebration of Jesus dying on the cross and rising again? Why would a rabbit have a basket of eggs in the first place, and how that tied in to crucifixion and resurrection. There’s no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets of Easter goodies. And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs. So why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday?
“According to University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the Easter bunny — can be traced back to 13th century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.
Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. According to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus’ resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.
All other European words for “Easter” derive from the Hebrew word “pasah,” to pass over, thus reflecting the Christian holiday’s Biblical connection with the Jewish Passover.
The first Easter bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.
The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.
Many people are wondering what Easter actually means, as the true meaning of Easter has been lost. What I can tell you is it isn’t about cute little fluffy chickens, nor does it have anything to do with Easter bunnies. It isn’t even about Easter eggs. Although an egg can represent ‘new life’ because new life hatches from the egg, and Jesus was resurrected on the third day, giving us new life in Him. Easter is about Jesus and His suffering, not about candy. When Easter come’s around, I notice that people get all dressed up in a clean new “Easter outfits,” go to church, then come home for a great feast. Now Easter Sunday seems to be celebrated more in a commercial aspects of the day, like Easter egg hunts for their children and brand new bright pastel outfits. Some people just come to church only on Easter Sunday ! How do you guys celebrate Easter? What sorts of values do you teach your kids with regard to this holiday? Do you give them candy and a basket to “keep them happy/quiet?” You need to find the truth of what this coming Easter really means. So while you’re scarfing down chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks this Easter Sunday, think fondly of this holiday’s origins and maybe even impress your friends at your local Easter egg hunt. Don’t let the commercialism of bunnies and eggs distract you from the true meaning and symbolism behind Resurrection Sunday, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago. If you are Christian, it is not difficult to discern the bizarre deception and confusion that Satan has successfully orchestrated. For example, notice the embarrassing irony in these traditions which are practiced innocently by most people. They are repeated year after year, because they have become traditional and their origin is unknown to many. There is nothing wrong with Easter egg hunts or chocolate bunnies, just recognize the problem and make every effort to keep the focus of Resurrection Sunday totally on Jesus Christ and the Good News that He brought. So even as Christians, if we drift from the true meaning of Easter, and walk in the dark, God will be with us, just as it says in the Bible, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 5:20-21 KJV No matter how much we have personally lost because of sin, we have gained far more through the resurrection victory of Christ. So why not put your Trust and Faith in Jesus Christ today, because He is the One that died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins so that you could have the free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger

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