Image © Depositphotos.com/ korovinWhat do bunnies and eggs have to do with what really happened Easter morning? Honestly, not a whole lot. Still, they used to be pictures that helped people remember what happened when Jesus rose from the dead. Let’s look at a few.
- Rabbits have large families and always seem to have lots of little bunnies around. This was a picture or symbol of life. When Jesus died and rose again, He made a way for us to have new life. See John 11:25-26.
- Eggs left alone hatch baby chicks and leave behind an empty shell. Who came out of a closed up cave tomb, leaving it empty on resurrection morning, the first Easter? (Hint: read Matthew 28:5-7.)
- Egg hunts can be a lot of fun. You search and search, then find a wonderful surprise. Can you name some people who looked for something that first Easter morning and were surprised by what they found? (Hint: read John 20:1-8.)
- Bright colors will be all over. Some people die eggs, some wear bright, new clothes, and special flowers will decorate churches and homes.
- Nice or new clothes may be on lots of people in your church Easter Sunday morning. Can you think what this may be a picture of? I am reminded of these verses:
“Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him.” Colossians 3:9-10 (ERV)
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- Have you heard of an Easter Lily? This is a special flower you’ll see around this time of year. There are lots of stories about why the lily became an Easter symbol. One thing we know for sure: the color white has long been a symbol of purity.
“I, the Lord, am the one speaking to you. Come, let’s discuss this. Even if your sins are as dark as red dye, that stain can be removed and you will be as pure as wool that is as white as snow.” Isaiah 1:8 (ERV)This is possible because Jesus died on the cross and rose again (Romans 10:9-10). What other symbols of Easter can you think of that are pictures of what really happened that first resurrection morning?