Well, it's that time of year again, HOLY WEEK! Don't start praising God all at once lol. This is one of the most significant times of year for Christians. And each year poses the questions and theories about the Easter Bunny and Christ's resurrection. There are tons of articles and videos about if the Christian church should include the Easter bunny in our Holy worship of Jesus Christ. So here is yet, another article for you that I feel is inspired of the Holy Spirit. First, let's address what Easter is and why we celebrate it.
What Is Easter?
Easter is a significant and Holy holiday in Christianity. We celebrate and worship our Lord and Savior for what He did on the cross. Jesus was God in the flesh, born of a virgin birth (Christmas story), and came to earth as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the whole world. He did this to restore humanity back into a right relationship with God. Isaiah 59:2 says that sin separates us from God, so Christ became the mediator between God and man.
"He was pierced for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities and wickedness. The punishment for our peace and well being fell on Him. And by His wounds, we are healed."- Isaiah 53:5
God did this to His only begotten Son because He loves you and wants to be in a relationship with you. It's because of Jesus that we no longer have to be separated from God because of sin. You can learn more about this grand plan here, we hope you make a decision for Jesus and use our tools to help you walk out that decision.
What Does the Bunny and Eggs have to do with Jesus?
NOTHING. The Easter bunny holds no significance in Christianity other than the fact that God made rabbits. 😁 So where did this bunny and eggs idea come from? No one knows its deep origins, however there are two historical events that brought it to America.
In the 1700's, German travelers came to settle in Pennsylvania and they held a tradition with their children to watch out for the hare that laid eggs. They would leave food out to attract the rabbits and then gather their eggs in baskets. Seems like a harmless and cute little tradition.
The other occurrence is that rabbits and eggs were used in pagan worship of the goddess of fertility and new life (the goddess of spring). Spring does in fact bring new plant and animal life.
So, Should the Christian Church Include the pagan celebration of Easter in the worship of Christ's resurrection?
Many of these same points are found in other articles. While they may be true... I think we should get to the real root.. There is still a lot of gray area when it comes to what the church should celebrate. So the best way to determine this, is to look into the Word of God. I hope that by these 3 points below, we can all come to a firm NO and use discernment regarding this holiday.
3 Reasons Why We Should Get Rid of the Easter bunny
It's non-biblical and we don't know its origins for certain. It's dangerous for the church to dabble in things and areas of which we have no clue of its origins. It could be an assignment from HELL, and we don't want to risk offending God. The fact that the secular world makes such a huge deal of these "characters" should cause the Church to reconsider what we do with them. Remember what Romans 12:2 says, "Be not conformed to this world system, traditions, and customs...." If the world holds this as a tradition every Easter, then the Church should reevaluate being apart of these celebrations. We are called to, "be ye separate."
It has been recorded in pagan celebrations. Near the vernal equinox (Spring), pagan worshipers used the bunny and its eggs as symbolism for the goddess of fertility and new life. Whereas, Christ worshipers are preparing to celebrate the new life of salvation that Jesus Christ gave us, around the same time. Paganism is idolatry, and God is very clear on how He regards these practices. Remember Exodus and all throughout the Old Testament how God punished His people for their idol worship. The Israelites would often create gods out of wood, gold, silver, they would also turn to the gods of their neighboring countries, such as Baal. We see countless accounts of God punishing them by death and exile from 70 years up to 400 years in Egypt. One of the commandments says that, "There should be no other gods before Him, He is a jealous God." - Exodus 20: 3 - 5 We are also told that He did this for OUR EXAMPLE. These accounts in the Old Testament are our warnings to not follow up behind the Israelites but to always have our hearts set on God. ( 1 Corinthians 10:11)
It's a DISTRACTION! Why do we have to include this pagan celebration with the celebration of Christ's resurrection? Who's idea was it to share the truth and glory of God with a bunny? It is recorded that the Lutheran Church was the first to include the celebration with the bunny and eggs in their service. And this reminds me of what the scripture says, "A little leaven, leavens the whole lump." In other words, one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. (Galatians 5:9) One church started this wave and now almost every church in America celebrates Easter with the bunny and some eggs. Some have even went as far as saying that 'eggs are symbolism of Christ's resurrection'. How sad, trying so hard to make sense of the nonsense. If the pagans celebrate Spring with the Easter bunny and Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection, why couldn't it just remain two separate "holidays"? Why did it have to be mixed in with the Gospel? One can place the blame here on Satan himself; it's his job to deceive and take our eyes off of Jesus. He is cunning and sly as a serpent, if he can sneak subtle things into God's Holy temple until it become the "norm", then it's true to say that he is great at his job. I am called to remember what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:11, "But we are not ignorant of Satan's schemes." This poses another question, is the Church becoming ignorant of Satan's plans? For the sake of "all inclusive" fun and entertainment? Are we watered down in this new millennia ?
Restoring the Fear of God
Church, Jesus is coming back for a blameless church, a church who endures til the end and remains steadfast in the faith. We have to gather our strength back and learn to fear God again. I recently read over in Ecclesiastes 5:1, "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God." The first part of chapter 5 is explaining how we should be very careful how we approach God, because "God is in Heaven and we are on the Earth." It addresses our language and attitude towards God. The reference scripture is found in Genesis 35:1 when God told Jacob to go to the mountain to offer a sacrifice. First, Jacob had to tell his people, "Put away the strange gods from among you, purify yourselves, and put on fresh garments."
What was Jacob saying this for? He had to prepare the people to approach God, who is Holy. We can't come to God any kind of way, we must purify our hearts before Him. Then you say, "Well, we come as we are." Yes, that's when you are living a life of sin and you have decided to come to God in repentance, but you are not to stay that way. I am reminded of Exodus 3:5, when Moses was at the burning bush and God said, "Do not come closer, remove your shoes, you are standing on Holy Ground." God's people have to come correct! 😅 And the Easter bunny is indeed a "strange god". So what do we do? Let's put away the strange gods from among us and purify ourselves. Let's work on fearing (reverencing) our Holy God with awe, being separate from the world customs, and consecrated for His purposes.
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German Travelers - The History Channel
Pagan Traditions - Ancient Origins