Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter is upon us, and the masses are out buying new clothes, getting their hair and nails done, and are making plans to visit a church most haven’t visited all year.

I know that many of us have, even if passively, thought about the meaning of Easter. This holiday is to mark the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified and rose again on the third day. When the disciples went to retrieve Jesus’ body, they’ve come to find that his body was no longer at its resting place.

Now given what we all know of this telling in the bible, my question is at this point, like so many others before me, I ask; where the hell did the Easter bunny come in to play? I have nothing against coloring eggs, hunting for eggs, dressing up or visiting a church for that matter. But I pose a legitimate question; how did the world go from acknowledging the resurrection of Christ, to the more widely publicized Easter bunny? Now I can’t really see the connection between the two icons. And my follow up question is, why would a shift in focus even take place?

It seems as though not many people even care about such a shift in consciousness. Many see this holiday as a day they can spend money on new outfits and dress up and go to church for their once a year blessing. And to note Easter falls on the first Sunday, which is a day most churches conduct the communion ceremony. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, during the ceremony this bible verse is read:

1 Corinthians 11:26-28

" 26 for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup; you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

How many of us rarely pay attention to that scripture? Service is so long on this day, that by the time they finish passing around the juice and crackers we are so hungry we just want to eat and drink just to keep the service moving so we can go get real food, not to mention look good in our new outfits. But if you’re visiting a church in the first place, I’m certain you have some type of belief in the teaching of Christ. So in that state of mind, if we actually examined ourselves even to a minimal of standards, most of us would find that we are not worthy to take eat and drink of the body and blood of Christ; to “proclaim the lord’s death until he comes.”

So my charge to all is while you’re sitting in the salons or barbershops, even at the mall or your favorite retail spot buying arts and crafts for your children. Think about the real reason for the day and try passing that knowledge on. Because this day is definitely NOT about a damn bunny rabbit, or chocolate Easter eggs and dressing up, it’s about Christ. I’m just saying!


MJean said...

Very well put. An excellent admonishment to remember that without the death and Resurrection there would be no reason to celebrate the birth! It's the empty tomb that illustrates the power of God's love for us! Thanks for shedding light on that silly bunny!