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Chaplain's Chat, 10th March 2021

Easter eggs are everywhere.

Easter eggs are everywhere. In some cases they have been in the shops since shortly after Christmas! Many people around the world focus on Easter as being a time to celebrate the Easter bunny and to hunt eggs.  Easter also holds the expectation and excitement of a holiday and time spent with friends and family.  Although these events are fun, they are not the true meaning of Easter.  The true focus of Easter for Christians around the world is Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.

So how did eggs become associated with Easter?  Before Christian times, gifts of eggs were exchanged in the spring time to celebrate new life in nature. As Christianity spread throughout the world, some Christians continued to use these symbols of new life but gave them a ‘Christian twist.’   Eggs were painted red to symbolise the blood of Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary on Good Friday. For these Christians, the egg became a symbol of Jesus rising to new life from his dark tomb. Unfortunately with the arrival of chocolate eggs, this Christian symbolism has been lost and the emphasis of Easter has become simply the pleasure of eating the chocolate. 

Perhaps this Easter could be a turning point for us. Perhaps it's time to revisit our early religious upbringing if we had one, and to look more profoundly at the things we were taught.  For those who had little or no religious input, it is an opportunity to consider the mysteries of Jesus who sacrificed himself for us so that we might have eternal life. 

As we ponder the Easter story, can we allow ourselves to encounter the risen Jesus? Not simply as a man at the centre of the dramatic Easter story, who changed the lives of those He came into contact with 2000 years ago, but as one who has continued to change the lives of countless millions the world over since then. This is the risen Jesus who teaches us wisdom, goodness, and truth, who. shows us how to walk through life with grace and strength, and offers hope where there seems to be none.  If we ask him to, He will walk with us, meeting us at our place of need

The true meaning of Easter is the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Good Friday is the day that Jesus died.  Easter Sunday is the day that He rose from the dead and conquered death.  The grave could not hold him!

                                                                                                       

For or God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

It’s not about chocolate!

As we travel towards Easter in this Lenten season, I invite you to deepen your acquaintance with this Jesus.  

God bless. 

Reverend Dave