Many holidays have lost their original significance and very few people don’t know why they are given time off from work to go on holidays. Instead of celebrating the holidays for what they represent, people often use the breaks to binge, party up a storm, catch up on house chores or travel to glamorous destinations; all this without considering the purposes for which the holiday was set.
In a few hours people all over the world will be embarking on either spiritual or leisurely journeys in commemoration of probably the most important Christian holiday on the calendar, The Easter Holidays. This is a significant holiday during which Christians relive the deception, capture, torture, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The story of Easter begins 40 days and 40 nights prior, when the mightiest fallen angel, Satan tries to tempt him with earthly desires. Being a supreme being, Jesus is said to have completely blown Satan off, cementing the supremacy and prevailing of good over evil. Upon his return, Jesus is said to have made a new covenant for humanity during the last supper with his disciples on the Holy Thursday. On Good Friday, Jesus was sold out by one of his disciples, Judas and later captured, tortured and nailed to the cross. After appearing to several people to bid them farewell, Jesus ascended to the heavens where he is believed to be awaiting his return on Judgement Day.
The name for a celebration of the sunrise and a change of season was eventually applied to the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the new era He heralded. The modern day legend of the Easter Bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by settlers from south-western Germany. The German tradition of the Easter Bunny or “Oschter Haws” migrated to America in the 1800s, likely accompanying German immigrants, many of whom settled in Pennsylvania. Over the past 200 years, the Easter Bunny has become the most commercially recognized symbol of Easter. In legend, the Easter Bunny, also called the Easter Hare and the Spring Bunny, brings baskets filled with coloured eggs, candy, and sometimes toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter, in much the same way as Santa Claus is said to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up in the morning, giving rise to the tradition of the Easter egg hunt.” Although there is nothing wrong with hunting down those elusive Cadbury eggs or cherishing our chocolate crosses, it is important to remember the true meaning of Easter. It is the day on which we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the reason we know that we are going to heaven someday.
There is an old expression that I still hear from time to time, “He died for me, therefore, I will live for Him.” If we truly believe this, we should continue to focus on what Christ did for us in his death. Just as those chocolate bunnies keep hopping into our shopping carts, we should make it a point to hop into church and worship the one who offers us salvation through the sacrifice He made for us. And while we’re at it, perhaps we’ll find some new reasons to live for Him.