Since it is Easter on Sunday I will share with you something that I think is interesting and something I never knew until last week even though I have been a pastor's wife for more than fifty years.
I've always wondered where the idea of Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny came from. We never had the Easter Bunny when I was growing up in England but we did have Easter Eggs.. When I asked around about this custom I got the usual replies about them standing for fertility. But I couldn't see the connection with Easter in that answer.
However, I read "The Raj" by Leon Uris last week. We've had the book for years but I was never too interested in reading it. My husband having been to India tried to get me to read it many times. I won't take time to tell you now what prompted me to finally read it last week, but read it I did. It is about the life of Ghandi and the British rule in India.
So how does that have anything to do with Easter? Well, in the book I discovered that in the belief system of the Hindus birds are considered to be twice born: once when laid as an egg and the second time when the chick pecks its way out of the egg. Now THAT idea I really understand in connection with Easter. We are all born once when we come into this world. But Jesus says we are to be born a second time. Nicodemus didn't understand that comment from Jesus and perhaps mockingly or maybe truly curiously he asked how a man could be born again. Would he have to be born from his mother's womb again?
We know from the rest of Jesus's teaching that He meant that we had to shuck off the shell of the old life and breath deeply into the New Life. The New Life is given when an individual accepts Jesus's death on the cross as the payment for our sins and also accept His resurrection as the gift of our Second Birth, or second life, if you like, which begun here on earth will continue forever more in the New World.
So now I feel better about the whole idea of Easter Eggs but the Easter Bunny???...