Easter can be a lot of hype, just like Christmas … but the hype should and can be more than just the commercial type. Easter is a time of year that we remember Jesus dying on the cross, but we celebrate that three days later He rose from the dead! For Christians, eggs came to be associated with the tomb. Once the tomb was opened, life sprung forth which can also be symbolized by the baby chick being freed from the confines that could not contain him — just as Jesus could not be contained in death. Eggs came to symbolize this and were often painted with religious symbols and given as gifts. Spring represents new life as we have in Christ when we chose Him as our Savior. And chocolate? Well, is chocolate ever a bad idea?
Happy Easter from this Chicky (me!) as well as Big Ben, Benny and the Jets, and Soul Sista, who by the way were much more cooperative than my grandbabies, but not nearly as fun!
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ “