Which Came First? Christ or the Easter Egg?

by APC on April 08, 2015

It’s that time of year again—when those mysterious egg-laying bunnies are afoot. While children argue if multi-colored eggs come from multi-colored bunnies, adults engage in conversations questioning when “rabbits” were created to lay eggs. This conversation somehow leads to the inevitable question: Which came first—the chicken or the egg? But, for this season, is it Christ or the Easter egg?

If you’re still on the hunt for this mystical creature, or eye-deep in books researching out the age-old question, you’re search is now over! To let you in on a little secret, you may be surprised to know that Easter has absolutely nothing to do with bunnies, eggs, or even bunnies that lay eggs. Now that you’ve had a chance to pick your jaw off the floor, we can delve into what Easter’s really about…

Easter is a busy time, but compared to Christmas, Easter—thankfully—isn’t as crazy. We’re still gathering in churches, spending time with family, and eating great food.

Amid the various festivities, we forget the real “reason for the season.” Easter, like Christmas, provides us with an opportunity to remember the same wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. But, instead of celebrating our Savior’s birth, we’re remembering many things about Him, including His death on the cruel, rugged cross.

The world—including you and me—needed a Savior. We needed a perfect sacrifice, who’s blood would wash away every sin we’d ever commit in our life. Jesus was that Savior and perfect sacrifice; He knew no sin (II Corinthians 5:21). And, it was His precious blood that washed us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18) and continues to do so even today.

Thankfully, Easter isn’t just about remembering Jesus’s death. Easter is an opportunity for us to celebrate that He didn’t stay in the grave—He is risen! Jesus died, was buried, and rose again so we—again, this is you and me— could walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4) and that we could be free from the bondage of sin.

We serve a Savior who isn’t dead, but lives in each of us. For when Christ ascended into Heaven, He sent His Spirit (the Comforter) to dwell within us (John 14:16). It’s God’s Spirit that helps us live righteous and holy in this present world. It is His presence that gives us strength to combat the wiles of the devil, and the ability to make it through life! And, it is His Spirit that will quicken us so one day we can rise to meet Him in the air when He returns for His church (Romans 8:11).

Instead of a chocolate-filled egg—which did or did not come from a bunny rabbit—this is what Easter’s all about. And, in the center of it all, we’ll find something better than momentary sweetness. We’ll find Jesus.

Easter all started with Jesus’ death on the cross. Scripture tells us that Jesus, the Lamb and perfect sacrifice, was “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8, KJV). So, if you’re still wondering about which came first—I think you have your answer.