Silly Rabbit, Easter is for…..


“Well, in just a few days time, it will be Easter. And really early, before the sun rises and all the good children are awake, the Easter Bunny will be hopping across lawns and gardens all over the world, hiding colorful eggs for all the good children to find”.

Say WHAT?!?!  Rabbits can’t even lay eggs – so just where is he getting them eggs and does he have elves like Santa does, to help paint all those eggs or is it outsourced to some sweat factory employing child labor?  Rabbits are also known to be health fanatics, eating only carrots and salad.  No way a rabbit would be promoting chocolate eggs.  So why is there a bunny/rabbit/hare intruding on Christianity’s most meaningful celebration?  It makes no sense at all.

Why is an overweight man in red the poster boy for Christmas and why is a egg-centric bunny the mascot for Easter?   Christmas remembers Jesus’ birth and Easter – his death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. Why, then, is the world promoting these mythical characters instead of  showing reverence for the real and historical Jesus Christ for which these festivals are actually meant to remember?

It is most unacceptable.  The world talks about respecting each other including our different cultures and religions.  It would not think of doing this kind of thing with other religions, so why does the world think its okay to do it to Christians?  I mean, the Muslims would be offended if the media and businesses start promoting the “Camel of Eid-ul-Fitri” on their holy month.  No one would dream of using the “Holy Cow of Deepavali” to push sales to Hindus.  Even pacifist Buddhists may be riled up if some PR guy came up with something like the “Grand Pokemon of  Vesak Day”.  I do not mean any disrespect to any of those religions.  I am just trying to illustrate how silly it would be and possibly offensive.  No such festival creature exists for any of the world’s religious festivals (except maybe the Holiday Armadillo of Hannukah from a certain episode of “Friends”).  In the same way, I will thank you for leaving the Bunny out from Easter.

Sorry, there really is no "Holiday Armadillo of Hannukah".

 

The Easter weekend starts with Good Friday and ends with Easter Sunday and commemorates Jesus death on the cross on Friday and his resurrection from the dead on Sunday.  It is the most important event in the Christian faith.  The birth of Christ is not even discussed in two of the four Gospels but the events relating to his death and resurrection occupies 9 of 21 chapters in John’s Gospel.  Where Christmas was the start of Jesus’  work of redeeming mankind from the burden and penalty of their sin, Easter was the completion of that work.

John 3: 16-17:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ”

 

So silly rabbit, Easter is not for you but it is for mankind loss and weary, separated from God – now given new hope through the love of God and Jesus’ sacrifice in our stead.  Have a blessed Easter.

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10 thoughts on “Silly Rabbit, Easter is for…..”

  1. Your right of course the rabbit makes no sense. An Easter Squirrel would make much more sense. Distributing nuts would be healthier than eggs. I once read a discussion on the use of the word Save and salvation in the new testament and the author gave the argument that Save/salvation actually means “transform”. Which I like much better. The fact that Jesus came to transform the world suggests possibility for positive change here and now. Of course in our world that would mean the Easter Bunny would be one of the “Transformers” from the movie franchise.

  2. I believe that God’s rising is the answer to our prayers. He paid the price for me and my SALVATION. The bunny is harmless. We must put all the commercial behind us.

  3. I will agree with you about the fat dude in red and the rabbit, which would serve better as Hasenpfeffer but while milestones in Christianity, the birth, death and resurrection of The Christ are important to that way of life, I personally believe that the greatest day in the Christian cycle is the day of the Epiphany, when the spirit of Christ was delivered to man again, which once again for the first time since “the garden episode” allowed man to be one with his maker.

  4. You make a good point – it’s probably connected to the commercialisation of Christianity and perhaps also to some ancient pagan rituals … but the only way for Christians to put a stop to it is to raise their voices I guess – like you’ve just done

  5. Yah! Preach it Mr. LGS! I’ve been saying it for years. Bunnies and red, fat men have no place as the center of attention on any occasion. 🙂

    But seriously, I think that putting any person or thing on a mantle (figuratively not literally speaking of course) and in place of Jesus Christ is wrong. You made an excellent point about how no other religion in the world is put down or mocked like Christianity. Many people who celebrate other religions would be offended. But Christians can be offended too. So… what gives?

    I think its satanic and that the development of such characters like the Easter bunny and Santa Clause are meant to replace Jesus Christ.

    And I agree that some Christians today are partly to blame for media and popular opinions being so okay with it all. If people are offended or uncomfortable with the Easter bunny and Santa Clause then they should SPEAK UP and not just go with the flow. But always in a respectful manner please.

    Another excellent post from the squirrel. Thanks for sharing the thoughts and Happy Easter. He is Risen!

  6. The real truth is that at the beginning of Christianity, the church leaders co-opted holidays and songs from the pagans. It should be obvious just by the fact that the Easter holiday is based on the cycle of the moon. It was the pagan spring holiday for the vernal equinox, and the Christmas date was chosen because it was a pagan holiday of the winter solstice. The original Christmas caroles were originally pagan tunes that church leaders wrote religious words to (in college I did a research paper on that). And of course the easter eggs and rabbits represent fertility which is what spring is about (in nature). So anyway, there’s your answer.

  7. The overlay of the Christian holy days onto pagan rituals already in place (the eggs and rabbits of fertility in the Spring for Easter) produced the funny mix of celebrations. I think the commercialization of it came along much later. I don’t think those things get in the way of people choosing to celebrate the Christian side of it. That’s the beauty of freedom of religion – you can choose one or the other or both, as your heart leads you.

    A very Happy Easter to you!

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