Who is he? Why do we even associate Easter with a bunny? The idea of the Easter bunny is sweet. I will definitely fill my kids’ baskets with a chocolate bunny and candy. However, although its all good fun, Easter has nothing to do with any bunny. I want to stress the real meaning of Easter to my kids. This is what Easter is all about.
This week leading up to Easter is always one of deep reflection. I reflect on what God has done in my life, and in the lives of those around me. I’m so grateful, and I aim to make myself available to listen to His gentle whispers for me. After all that He has done for me, the least I can do is live my life to please Him and tell others about Him.
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, beginning his last week on earth. I love reliving Jesus’ last days through all four of the gospels.If you haven’t read some of the stories recently, I’d suggest reading them this week. Refreshing your memory will help you understand the true meaning of Easter. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all have a record of what happened. These are some of the highlights:
*Jesus’ body being prepared for burial by the woman with the expensive perfume
*The Last Supper and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet
*Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane
*Jesus was arrested after Judas betrays him and sentenced to death
*The crucifixion and death of Jesus (at noon on Good Friday)
*Jesus’ body is prepared and placed in tomb which had been carved out of rock ( the tomb was sealed with a great stone and guards kept guard to protect it so that his disciples could not claim that he was raised from the dead)
* The resurrection of Jesus (Sunday morning- Easter) his body was gone!
*Jesus appeared to his disciples and many other people
*The Great Commission- Jesus tells his disciples to spread the Good News
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus came to earth to fulfill the plan His Father sent him for. He died on the cross for our sin. And, just as he predicted, three days later HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD! He was the promised Messiah for us all. That is what Easter Sunday is all about.