Easter Sunday is right around the corner!
Just like many devout Christians all over the globe, I’m wonderfully excited about this season. This is our time to shine!
But there’s one small problem. There’s a little bunny that keeps hopping around.
“Here comes Peter Cottontail. Hoppin’ down the bunny trail, Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way.”
The Easter bunny has its origin in ancient fertility lore. The hare and the rabbit are enthusiastic procreators, and they served as symbols of new life during spring. The use of a cute bunny as an accepted symbol for Easter has German origins, where it was first mentioned in literature from the 1500s. The first edible bunnies were also German-born in the early 1800s, made of pastry and sugar.
Easter is not as commercialized as Christmas. And just like Santa Claus is the world’s symbol for Christmas, the Easter Bunny is this world’s symbol for Easter. However, as most of us understand and celebrate Easter, there’s nothing pagan about it. The enjoyment of nicer weather and egg hunts should all be seen as harmless, childlike fun. What’s wrong with eating dark chocolate bunnies, becoming an eggs-pert egg dyer, throwing jelly beans, and doing all of the above with your favorite peeps?! I prefer to take it all with a grain of salt because I know Jesus Christ as the real hero of my resurrected life.
Just for fun, I here’s a Top 10 list of what the bunny would say if he could talk.
10) Rabbits don’t hatch eggs. What am I supposed to do with all these stinking eggs?!
9) Keep your hands off my tail; that’s not cotton!
8) Eat all the chocolate you can. It won’t hurt you.
7) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!
6) A few bad eggs will find their way into everyone’s basket of life.
5) Yes, my grass is greener. You’ll love it in your salad.
4) Real eggs-perts love Easter!
3) My name’s not Peter!
2) Actually, I’m allergic to chocolate, and I hate eggs.
1) Hey now, this is my kind of church. For some reason, I feel really welcome here. The next time I come, I’m bringing all my peeps!
The simple truth is that the bunny cannot teach you the real meaning of Easter because he can’t talk. That’s all about myth, just like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Big Foot. Christian, you should acknowledge the myth and fictitious nature of it all. But don’t become so defensive or offensive over the myths of this world that they won’t hear the Good News message of our Resurrected Savior.
It’s our privilege and burden to tell others the truth about Jesus Christ and His glorious Gospel. Our Good News message is too important to be held back because we’re upset about a bunny.
Silly rabbit! Tricks are for kids.
Sharing the real message of Easter and the genuineness of our Christian faith has never been the responsibility of the world at large. That’s our job, and we have a marvelous opportunity to do that during this season.
For Heaven’s sake, let’s connect with our unchurched and out-of-church friends and neighbors this Easter. This is our time to rise and shine to the glory and God!
People need the hope of our resurrected Savior. How Christians behave in this season has eternal implications.
So, how are you and your church celebrating Easter Sunday this year? What fun events will take place? Is your pastor getting excited about this privilege to preach the Gospel?