Today is Easter. Happy Easter to you! What does that really mean though? Does it mean, “Hope you get lots of candy and colored eggs!” or does it mean, “Today’s the day Jesus rose from the dead!”? Where do these two juxtaposed meanings for this holiday come from?
We have the German Lutherans to thank for the origins of the Easter Bunny. Much like the person of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny is something of folklore legend, who left a child colored eggs, candy or toys (or any combination thereof), depending on how good or disobedient the child had been. This first appeared in literature in the 1600s, so it’s been around for awhile.
On the other hand, we know about Jesus Christ through what the Bible describes, as well as what literature sources outside of the Bible tell us (these were written by local historians of that time period, some of which are not Christian at all). Here’s an interesting fact about the Bible: It is a compilation of 66 books, written over a period of 1500 years in 3 different languages by men who lived on 3 different continents, many of whom lived many years apart from each other and never knew one another. And yet, there is a common theme that runs through every part of the Bible: God creates mankind in His image; mankind falls and sin enters the human race; mankind tries to redeem itself and fails time and again; God sends His Son to redeem mankind; those who receive the gift of Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension will be with Him forever.*
Does that sound like a fairytale to you? I can understand why. I think our society is conditioned to believe that just about everything is “too good to be true”. But it runs deeper than that for two reasons: One, the human race has a very real enemy who hates us because he hates God, and as a result, he does everything within his power to destroy our lives; and two, that “sin nature” that’s in every one of us doesn’t want to admit that we even need any help at all, and–if you’re honest with yourself–it results in a person refusing to give up the sin in their life. So, once again, it all comes down to a choice that is completely up to each one of us to make: What will we do with Jesus?
Do you know that even historians who are Atheists acknowledge the historical authenticity of the Bible? That there are historical documents in existence that put first-hand-witness accounts of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension within ten to twenty years of the actual events? It astounds Christian and Atheist historians alike. The empty grave speaks for itself. No one has ever been able to legitimately explain it away.**
Does the Easter Hare have such a background? I think you know the answer to that. The life of wholeness and peace and joy that you have been searching for your whole life is right in front of you in the person of Jesus Christ! So what will you do with Him?
*From “Good Or God” by John Bevere
**From “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel