Easter can be an amazing time for Christians. Jesus’ resurrection is the most important thing that we can ever celebrate. The cross and Jesus as the sacrificial lamb are pretty easy symbols for us to understand. The Easter Bunny, however, is not so straightforward. Many Christians avoid these “extra” symbols at all costs. Perhaps there is more to them than meets the eye. Maybe some of them have a meaningful place in our Easter traditions.
The Surprising Truth Behind 3 Easter Symbols
Since the meaning behind many of these symbols is less than obvious, it almost seems like they have a secret, hidden meaning. You have the power to change that! You can let some of these things into your Easter celebration and tell your family and friends what they mean. When they see these symbols in the future, they may remember and be drawn closer to Christ. Here is the surprising truth behind 3 Easter symbols…
Easter lilies are a symbol for hope and new life as they bloom in the early spring. Their trumpet shape can remind us of God’s trumpet call that will bring us to Heaven and a new life with Him.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 ESV
Display some beautiful fresh lilies. Talk about their beauty and the resurrection of Jesus, but don’t stop there. Celebrate that Jesus come back with trumpets for all who believe!Trumpet-shaped Easter lilies remind us of God’s trumpet call that will bring us to Heaven. Click To Tweet
Eggs are a symbol of fertility and immortality to people all over the world. As Christians, we can take this to a higher level. We are, of course, mortal. However, one day, we will be able to enjoy eternal life with Jesus.
The egg appears one way on the outside, but inside is where the promise of life is. Many Christians compare this to the tomb of Jesus. It appeared to be just a tomb, but Jesus came out with the promise of eternal life!
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:1-6 ESV
As for dying eggs, early Christians stained eggs red in honor of Jesus’ precious blood. Many believe this custom was actually started by Mary Magdalene. Orthodox Christians still celebrate this custom today.Early Christians stained eggs red in honor of Jesus’ precious blood. Click To Tweet
As you dye your Easter eggs, make at least one of them red. Talk about the significance of the color red and Jesus’ blood.
Enjoy some delicious egg treats–real or candy. Before you dive into them, discuss the tomb analogy. The outside may lead you to believe one thing, but it is what is inside that is truly a great surprise. This would be fun with candy eggs. Give each child an egg and don’t tell them what flavor is inside. Just make sure it is something they like so they understand that what is inside is what makes it amazing. This will drive home the point that it is what is inside the egg (or what was NOT inside Jesus’ tomb) that makes all the difference.
The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny was a tradition that originated in Germany. It is perhaps the most pagan of all. Bunnies are a symbol of fertility and new life also. That’s about the only connection to the true meaning of Easter, but I couldn’t talk about Easter symbols and leave it out. Children created homemade nests for the rabbit and his colored eggs.
You can use this information to decide if you want to “celebrate” the Easter Bunny or not. Regardless of whether you choose to eat a chocolate bunny or have your picture made with him, as a Christian, put more emphasis on the things that remind us of Jesus. The true meaning of Easter will shine out.
Rejoice! Jesus is Alive!
Hopefully the surprising truth behind these 3 Easter symbols will help you make your Easter celebration richer and more meaningful. May your Easter celebration be filled with joy and Jesus!
What are your favorite Easter symbols?