In just a few days we will be celebrating Easter. Easter Sunday. A date on the calendar. A day to attend a church service even if it’s the only one attended all year. A day to buy new clothes for the kids and perhaps even yourself. A day to serve a special meal, gathering the family around the table. Baskets of candy and colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, fuzzy, stuffed bunnies; eggs scattered in the yard, kids wildly running to gather them, hoping for the special prize. These are some of the ways we celebrate Easter. Ever wonder why?
Colored eggs? Chocolate bunnies? Easter? When and how did this start? And why? The when and how are easier to answer than the why. There is a plethora of information out there; let me share just a couple with you. As to the why, I have an opinion but, let’s get on with the when and how.
Lets begin with this excerpt: “Easter is supposed to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, but when someone hears Easter, they think of the Easter Bunny and eggs. Since ancient times rabbits have been associated with spring.
It is believed that Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion. The hare symbolizes fertility and rebirth. Later Christians changed the symbol of the hare to the Easter bunny.
In an attempt to Christianize Easter which began as a pagan holiday, is named for a Saxon goddess who was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre, and in Germany by the name of Ostara.” You may continue reading HERE.
And another: “In the last two hundred years, the Christian holy-day has become more and more of a secular folk holiday. By the 1890s, the pagan and folk aspects of Easter as a celebration of spring were fully established and commercially exploited in America.
New clothes, parades, candy, and egg hunts have become key cultural expressions, even though the number of people celebrating the religious significance of the holiday declined in the last half of the twentieth century.
In the end, the Easter bunny has nothing to do with Jesus directly. There is nothing in the Bible or Christian tradition that links the two together. Yet still, the “pagan” associations of the hare and rabbit with fertility, life, death, and rebirth remained near enough to the cultural surface to find expression alongside the powerful religious claim that Jesus had conquered death.” – See more HERE.
These are some of the ways we celebrate Easter. It’s a wonder, isn’t it? Wonder what would be Peter, James and John, even Paul’s critique of the way we celebrate the anniversary of the greatest of all days in the history of Christendom?
Whatever your traditions, however you invest the hours of Resurrection Sunday this remains: He lives. He lives. Christ Jesus lives today and He loves us, the Bible tells us so.
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Matthew 28:1 NLT [source]
5 But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Yeshua, who was executed on the stake. 6 He is not here, because he has been raised — just as he said! Come and look at the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell the talmidim, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and now he is going to the Galil ahead of you. You will see him there.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28: 5-7 CJB [source]
It is a wonder, isn’t it?
Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
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