And here we are once again, that annual gathering of family and friends. We’re dressed in our best attire for the occasion. The smell of old oak pews and perfume fill the air. The Sunday morning sunrise is beautiful this time of year. Indeed, this time of year is different. We’re surrounded by tulips, lilies and marshmallow bunnies galore. Our hands still have a remnant of the blue, red, yellow and green from the night before.
We just never asked out loud. What would they think if we started nosing around… it’s all about Jesus isn’t it? After all, the kids were happy that their baskets were full of candy. We had fun as a family dying the eggs, so what could be wrong with that? It’s the intent that counts.
It’s not the intention that’s dangerous. It’s the blatant ignorance, one that we happily share with family and friends year after year. The questions have crossed our minds surely on more than one occasion. What does a bunny have to do with Christ’s death and resurrection anyway? Why do we dye eggs and hide them?
When a child asks the most simple of questions about this special event, our answer will usually be along the lines of, “well, it represents new life, a re-birth.” That’s what we were told. It sounds good, and most times those answers subdue the confusion, at least for the time being.
I do believe the tale of the Easter bunny is very fitting for this time of year, actually – tall tale that we convince our children is real until it no longer makes sense. Quite simply, it’s a lie. Is it any wonder that our children don’t trust us when we tell them of God? Is God just another Easter bunny or Santa Claus that they eventually find out never existed?
I did the unheard of one year not long ago. I read the Bible to get the answers to the questions about Easter. I figured it must be in the Bible somewhere…right? Jesus’ death was certainly recorded, so then the holiday we celebrate to honor that event must be too. And it was. I found it, right there in His words. But the weird thing is, it’s not called Easter. No bunnies. Lo and behold, no eggs either! Nothing about candy or sunrise services. Not even a gathering on Sunday. But, a very special meal that was prepared early specifically because Jesus wanted to celebrate it with His disciples before He died. And He did this to give the reason for celebrating it in the first place. It was for the purpose to remember the Lamb of God, the sacrifice, and the fulfilled prophecy. This celebration of remembrance was continued year after year by those who followed Him. Thus, it would be sufficient for us to celebrate as well. In fact, a blessing!
Then came more questions. Jesus answered all of them and then some. His answers were not what I was expecting. He gave me an ear full, as if He had been waiting for that very moment all my life. And that’s when I realized who was really to blame for me being so ignorant. All I had to do was ask.
This time, my answers came from the mouth of the One whom I thought I was honoring and what I learned was hard to accept initially. It wasn’t because I would no longer dye and hide eggs. It was because I had been doing the very thing God had said not to do. Being that we are Gentiles makes no difference if we too do exactly what Jesus warned His own people of. Doing that was harder to live with than telling my family I couldn’t be there. It’s a decision we have to make. Not just whether we will participate in “religious” holidays that in reality have nothing to do with Him, but whether or not we are willing to let go of the easier path for Him.
It won’t be easy if you make such a major change in your life. And believe me, many Christians will put you down for it. They will argue their justification until you’re worn down. But, stick to His word and you shall not be deceived. It can’t be argued against. However, with that said, we are not claiming that any Christian is a “true” Christian just because they are aware of the truth and abandon false traditions. Nor does it mean those that chose to continue in those traditions are not real believers. We are simply trying to point you back to the word – His word – as your only justification for any tradition that is for the purpose of honoring our Messiah.
His answers are not meant to subdue the confusion for a short time, but to enlighten us for eternity.
In reality, it’s a part of the deceptions that are gaining more traction to push those who want to be followers of Yeshua away from the truth of the word. I find it rather curious as to why all these traditions we have involve candy. Don’t you? It’s somewhat indicative of the temptations we face, a lure if you will that gets us involved and interested at a very early age. What kid doesn’t like candy?
Don’t take our word for it. Research it yourself.
Below is an image we created from the words of David J Meyer of Last Trumpet Ministries International. Please verify with the Lord what we are sharing with you. Do not ask man to answer questions that they themselves have. Ask the One who really knows. I figured it might be a good idea if we took the time to actually honor our Messiah by reading what He had to say. Maybe then we can better understand what eggs and bunnies really have to do with it.
We hope that with finding out the truth you will be able to have a true relationship with our Lord and Savior, one that is much deeper and more profound than what man could ever imagine with his made up stories and traditions.
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