Ask yourself, What do bunnies and hard boiled eggs have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Most of my life, Easter’s meaning was simply a time when you get together with family or friends, dress up and go to church and then home for a cookout while children hunt for Easter eggs. Do you know why eggs are part of this occasion ? Because the day of Easter does not only mark the day Jesus rose from the dead but in ancient Celtic culture the same day was the celebration of Eostre, the Celt goddess of fertility. Get it eggs, fertility ? When the first Christians arrived in northern Europe they managed to convince the Celts that they all worshiped the same God and named this day Easter after the goddess Eostre. So where do the bunnies come into the picture ?
The Celts believed that Eostre’s favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. Everywhere it represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the moon, dawn and Easter – the enlightenment of the soul through death, redemption and resurrection. The goddess changed into a hare at the full moon and even to this day there is a superstition that hares carry the souls of the dead.
Many of our Christian special worship days share the same historical pathway.
You will be amazed at the things you do daily without thinking or wondering about their origins. You, your parents, your grandparents and all the way back to the dim perimeter of time. Next time you see me ask me why everyone you know, in every corner of the world does the “Knock on Wood” thing to bring luck or ward off evil.
I’ll leave you with a link to a great writer and philosopher, John Wright as he talks about his acceptance of Christ and God. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-testimony-of-john-c-wright.html