Ever wonder what eggs, chocolate and bunny rabbits have to do with Jesus Christ? So do I. I’ve read Scripture over and over and I can’t find anything that relates to Christ to these other things that folks seem to include in the celebration of what they call Easter. If you know what Scripture it is can you point me in the right direction?
Year after year many children wake up to an Easter basket placed at the foot of their bed. Parents bring their kids to church on Easter Sunday so they can hunt Easter eggs. They are told the Easter Bunny left them a gift. After all this activity the parents and children all go listen to how Jesus was crucified for our sins followed by His resurrection.
But beyond the practice, what is the connection between these things? Truthfully, nothing at all. Quite honestly, as I understand God’s word and his character and nature, God is very angry that such practices are mixed in with His story of death and resurrection. Scripture is on His side.
Before I get to Scripture let us consider that we are called to holiness. Not our own, but Christ’s. The word holy is defined as:
dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.
The apostle Paul who knew God’s will encourages disciples of Christ in this way:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Paul also wrote this
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
(I Cor. 3:16-17)
Are you beginning to understand? Do you still think hunting eggs with your church family and then worshiping Christ is harmless? Maybe I haven’t thoroughly demonstrated that eggs, chocolate and bunnies don’t have a connection with Christ. But then perhaps you haven’t considered the cartoonish immature nature of such practices in the light of the holiness and righteousness of what Christ did for us on the cross.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb. 10:26-31)