Easter is almost here! In our house and in our church, we’re preparing for the upcoming celebration. Part of that celebration is the annual Easter egg hunt. Soon, we will hard-boil eggs to dye them, or fill plastic eggs with jelly beans and chocolate. It’s a lot of fun for the kids to decorate the eggs. Then, we in turn, have fun hiding the eggs and watching as the kids hunt for them. Their faces lighting up in glee when they see the pastel colors peeking out from the grass.
But is there a deeper meaning behind this Easter tradition? What is the meaning of an Easter egg?
Traditionally, an egg represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him. The boiling symbolizes the sealing of the tomb where Jesus was laid. And the cracking of the egg is a symbol of Jesus’s resurrection, bursting forth in victory over death. These words of Jesus show us the importance of the resurrection.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
I am the resurrection and the life…
Jesus is the resurrection. It was by His own power that He conquered death and rose from the grave. Jesus is the life. Because of Him we can experience a new life through our belief in Him.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…
Physically we will all die, it’s just a fact. But spiritually, we have a choice of where we want to spend eternity. If we chose to follow, Jesus we will live in heaven forever with Him! If we chose not to follow Jesus, then we won’t have this promised spiritual life after death and we will be condemned to hell.
Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…
We should be living our lives here on earth for Jesus. We should be spreading the good news of salvation in Jesus to everyone around us. My pastor recently put it in perspective by sharing this. “Jesus is the headline, we are just the paperboy.” I love that statement! It speaks volumes to me and makes me see my role so much more clearly.
Do you believe this?…
God is always concerned with the condition of our heart. With this simple question, Jesus is prompting us to take action! What is the condition of our heart? Do we believe and trust in Jesus? Are we certain about where we will go when we die? Have we given our life over to Jesus? Are we living for Him right here and right now? These are the questions that we need to answer before we can move forward.
I hope that you will take the time during this Easter holiday to answer these questions in your life. To really nail down what motivates you.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior yet, now is the time. The free gift of salvation is yours for the taking. If you have questions about what it means to be saved, you can read more about it in the Accepting Jesus section, or please go to your local church and ask the pastor to speak with you about it. I know that they will be happy to talk to you.
If you are already a Christian and have fallen away from the faith or have lost the luster you once felt for Christ, Easter is the perfect time to reconnect with the joy of your salvation. There is a peace that only comes from knowing Jesus, and you can find it again. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
Happy Easter to all of you and May God bless you greatly!