After our second service this week, we will be hosting an Easter egg hunt in partnership with the Bannerman Community League. All the prospective Easter egg hunters have been invited to come to the 11:00 AM church service and to stay after to enjoy hot cross buns and raisin bread before the hunt begins.
In some people’s minds Easter Eggs are associated with the Easter bunny and other secular seasonal traditions. There is good reason for this. Many people enjoy the fun of Easter eggs without ever thinking about the Easter story. However, the fact is that the church invented the Easter egg, and it gained its popularity in society because of Christianity.
Many hundreds of years ago, the church adopted the egg—long considered a symbol of new life—as a symbol of Easter. One reason for this is that the hard shell of an egg looks somewhat like the rock cave in which Jesus was buried and, emptied of its contents, the egg is reminiscent of the empty tomb. Not only that, but new life springs from an egg, and new life is what Easter is all about. Peter says, God “has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
If you do a little bit of research on the web, you can learn of the many and varied ways Christians have used the Easter egg in their celebration of Easter over the years. However, the really important thing to focus on is the message that the Easter egg tells: The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive. He is with us and in us and His eternal Kingdom is coming soon. May the good news of Easter fill you with joy today and in the weeks to come.--Pastor Tom
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