The Easter bunny originated in Europe and migrated to the United States. It has always been a symbol of fertility. Other animals played a significant role in Easter traditions throughout Europe such as doves, foxes and geese.
Dyeing Easter eggs may have their origin in the 40 day period of Lent where often Christians would "give up" such dietary items as meat, eggs, and milk. Eggs were decorated and kept for presenting in baskets lined with color straw as a treat after the fast. Great care was given to extravagant design and a wide array of colorful dyes in order to ready them for presentation.
Chocolate eggs and the chocolate bunny had their roots in France and Germany in the 19th century and eventually made their way to the United States. Chocolate was another common item to give up during Lent - thus making it a much desired item in the Easter basket.
But what about the Christian's celebration of this sacred holiday? After all - we are celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord.
The Easter season comprises of a 40 day period called Lent that precedes Easter Sunday. It is a time of reflection and penance, often involving a fast from one or more things - and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before starting His ministry.
Good Friday honors the day of His crucifixion and Holy Saturday focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
Symbolic of purity and the bodily rising of Jesus Christ, Easter lilies adorn Christian homes and houses of worship on the holy day that shares its name. The flower was so named based on the fact that it often blooms near the time of year that Easter occurs. White reminds us of the purity of Christ and the gold color represents the royalty of Christ.
Tulips are also popular in the Spring, and as is the case with the Easter lily, both flowers have come to represent Christ's resurrection from the dead. Christians celebrate life over death in which the bulbs burst forth from the ground and bloom.
What does an empty grave have to do with you and me? How can Christ's resurrection impact our lives today?
Simply put - Jesus is no longer in the tomb... He is here. He "tabernacles" with us. He is Emanuel [God with us] and He is ever present in our lives, in our circumstances and in our eternal destiny. Jesus is with us in pain and in difficulty. He is with us in solitude and in rejection. He is with us in loneliness and in despair. Nothing can separate us from Him and His love...
He is the first to rise from the dead - the "first fruit" of the incorruptible seed of humanity. He fulfills prophesy and establishes the order of the final resurrection. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega - the Lord Almighty. He is the originator of our spiritual DNA.
Here is a link to one of my past Easter posts EASTER - Promised Light Eternal