It’s that time of the year where candy, chocolate, and egg-producing bunnies (when, normally, bunnies don’t even… lay… eggs) are everywhere. They’re in trees, grocery stores, grass, at church, in mouths. But how did the tradition get started? Is there supposed to be something more to this than bunnies and eggs and candy?
The origins of the tradition of bunnies, eggs, and candy on Easter, according to an article on the History.com’s website, “are unknown.” It points out that
“Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time.”
An article on the Discovery Channel’s website, agreeing with the former statement in History.com’s quote, states that the Teutonic goddess’s symbols was a bunny and eggs.
However, that doesn’t explain the Christian church’s involvement in Easter. For Christians, Easter isn’t just a time for candy, but the day when Jesus rose from the dead. They celebrate Easter to remember His bodily resurrection that gives them salvation from their sins and eternal life.
According to the Bible, Jesus died (celebrated by Good Friday), was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day (Easter). He did this to save us from our sins. All we have to do is believe that He saved us from our sins and we’re saved. Death and sin has no grip on us when we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
As Luke 24:46-47 (NIV) states that “He [Jesus] told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Also 1st Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV) states “For what I [Paul the Apostle] received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,…”
The bunnies, candy, and eggs isn’t what Easter’s all about. It’s about remembering what Jesus did that saved us from our sins.
“Sin has lost it’s power
Death has lost it’s sting
From the grave You’ve risen
~Marvelous Light by Charlie Hall
To God be the glory,