The coloring of Easter eggs dates to the thirteenth century. From a Christian perspective the eggs themselves can represent Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb and new life. I love helping the grandkids color Easter eggs. I love hiding them too. Yes, I have even bought all that cut up cellophane grass for the baskets, the basket itself, the plastic eggs, the chocolate bunny, the candy for inside the plastic eggs and I guess now it must have a toy in it for some unknown reason. Then there is the clothes shopping for the pastel colors to match those eggs! I think we all must admit we have done these things for our children. There really is nothing wrong with doing these things with our families. It is fine, it really is. Oh, I almost forgot the standard Easter dinner of ham and all the trimmings!
But if that is all we do on Easter, we have completely left out the reason we celebrate Easter. We are to celebrate Easter by remembering the resurrection of our savior, Jesus. We cannot leave out the most important reason we celebrate. God’s Word proves the resurrection.
Luke 24:2-3 “They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”
Acts 4:33 “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”
1 Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
I saved the best for last: John 2:19 “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.’”
I guess what I am trying to say is, enjoy Easter. Start your day with going to church and singing praises to our Risen King. Then, spend some time prior to that Easter egg hunt explaining to your children or grandchildren the real reason we celebrate Easter. It is so important that they grow up understanding why we celebrate Easter. Read Chapter 24 of Luke to them and be prepared to answer some questions. Share a delicious Easter Sunday dinner after giving thanks for the one who gave up His place in heaven to spend 33 years on earth and then give His life as a ransom for the sins of every person who ever lived or will live. Jesus then kept his promise, as He always does, and rose from that tomb on the third day.
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!