Teach Resurrection, Not Easter Bunny

by autumn on March 28, 2010 · 5 comments

A collection of easter photography.

I pray I’m preaching to the choir on this one but it is a burden I’m carrying and must unload.

Please, why is it that true Christians celebrate Easter using the easter bunny??? It makes no sense to me.

Why on earth would someone who has made Christ the Lord of their life trivialize His death, burial and RESURRECTION?! Our Savior ROSE FROM THE DEAD and yet most parents are dressing their kids in bunny ears and posing them next to a scary life-size bunny.

There’s nothing “wrong” with hunting eggs.  I love to find things, especially when there’s a sugary treat involved :)  But, why not do that on, say, May 10th or April 26th? You know, any other day besides Easter Sunday or in conjunction with Easter.

I’m sure there are some parents who just simply don’t know how to teach their kids about Easter. Sad, I know, since it is the very basis of our faith.  My advice is to not dumb it down.

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If you need guidance I suggest something like this set by John Piper.

Remembering to keep the focus on Christ and not on man-made or pagan icons is what’s important.  Children develop ideas that they’ll carry with them forever very quickly.

Haley is 8 and just asked me if we were going to do eggs this year :(  We didn’t begin living in a way that glorifies God really until this past year.  Sure we weren’t blaspheming God every day but when your kids think Santa when you say Christmas you know you’ve messed up (we’ve corrected that mistake!!!).

If all else fails ;) you could always just read from the Bible.

Matthew 28

He Is Risen

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,[a] and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

The Women Worship the Risen Lord

9 And as they went to tell His disciples,[b] behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

The Soldiers Are Bribed

11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

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1 Grateful for Grace March 28, 2010 at 8:30 p

I know what you mean! We realized years ago that Easter was not a big enough deal in our home. Christmas was king. Though Christmas is very important, Easter is the really big deal. That’s why we changed some things: we started reading and acting out things from Scripture on Thursday and Friday of Resurrection Week, we started hosting a sunrise service in our home, and we bought a Resurrection nativity. We read a lot of Scripture building up to the big day. We still give baskets with gifts and look for eggs (though that may someday change) and they love the Resurrection Eggs (we change them up every year and I love listening to them tell the story/figure out the meaning of the items we put in the eggs), but only our older kids have heard of the Easter Bunny, and it wasn’t from us but from American culture. You can see my Resurrection Nativity and how we use it here (if I did it right):
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?oe=utf8&ie=utf8&safe=active&source=uds&start=0&hl=en&q=the+passion+blogurl%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fgratefulforgrace.blogspot.com%2F

I’d really, really like to find a plastic one that doesn’t break so the kids can handle it more.

I agree- make it a big day and make it all about Christ! It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Actually, it’s a celebration of the most wonderful day in history!

2 Lisa~ March 28, 2010 at 8:30 p

We’ve never understood any of it. Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy. Besides taking the focus away from the Lord, it redirects the focus to the children who are given the message, “It’s all about you and presents and candy.” I’m all for having a great time together and doing fun things for the kids, but why make up a fictional character to do it?! Lisa~

3 Dr. Michael Beck March 29, 2010 at 8:30 p

I once saw someone dressed up as the Easter bunny in church on Easter Sunday.

4 autumn March 29, 2010 at 8:30 p

shocking.

5 Emma March 31, 2010 at 8:30 p

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