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Easter Mystery
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 13:30

Here is one of those gnawing Easter related mysteries. You know what I am talking about, that puzzling problem of the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs. Everyone knows that bunnies donít lay eggs, so what in the world is up with all of this confusion?

Already some of you are screaming in your head. . . ďThe whole Easter Bunny and egg thing has its roots in a pagan legend. What kind of Christian publication are you? How could you write about such things?Ē You can relax. . .I am very secure in where the legends of the bunnies and eggs come from, but I do think there are some things that enhance and teach the message of Easter for a world that needs to understand and hear. Iíve always felt that if we can communicate truth in understandable ways, letís communicate it.

The Easter Bunny as we know it came from Germany in the 1500ís. In fact the first edible Easter Bunnies were made of pastry and sugar at that time. German settlers in the Pennsylvania Dutch country introduced the Easter Bunny to America in the 1700ís. Kids were taught if they were good the Easter Bunny would bring multi-colored eggs. The eggs were originally painted with bright colors to represent the spring sunlight. Many times they were given to friends and family as gifts.

This has opened the door to many customs associated with Easter. In the Ukraine the fabulously decorated pysanky are perhaps the most famous Easter eggs. In Poland, a priest will bless the Easter eggs before they are given to family and friends. This custom is also common in Romania.

There is a custom where one person will tap the end of an Easter egg against the Easter egg of a friend. The person who cracks the otherís egg first is supposed to be granted good luck. Wooden eggs can be found at the White House Easter Egg roll. They are sold to the general public at a modest cost. In 1722 on Easter, Admiral Roggeveen discovered an island filled with huge, mysterious stones. He named it Easter Island.

Easter for the Christian is, of course, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In His death we discover life and I think that our Easter Celebrations should be fun and exciting. The festive and colorful eggs are useful symbols of new life that we can discover in Jesus. The gifts we give to one another in baskets are reminders of the precious gift that can be discovered in eternal life from the Savior. I think that Easter needs to be just as exciting as Christmas. Because in the Easter event, we discover the love of God as His plan for saving us unfolds and surprises everyone.

Donít get nervous about Easter bunnies and eggs in baskets. Instead use them as teachable reminders of the fullness and richness of the Love of God.

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