Jesus and the Easter Bunnies: The History of Easter

Written by Serina Gourgees

John 11:25–26 says: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.’”

As we celebrate Easter, we should take a moment to learn the history of this holiday. During Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christian theology, the death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events, a foundation of the Christian faith, as commemorated by Easter.

In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans. This day is known as Good Friday. On Good Friday, we commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Despite its name, Good Friday is a day of sombre reflection.

On Sunday, three days after Jesus’ death, the woman who had come with Jesus from Galilee brought spices to the tomb. Once they arrived, they saw that the stone was rolled away from the tomb. Lord Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found “he has risen!” The Bible tells us that Jesus died and rose again. He did this, not only for us to be able to receive forgiveness, but so that we might have life. It is through His death and returning from the dead that we receive life.

The Easter Bunny is the most common symbol that represents Easter. The exact origins of the Easter Bunny tradition are unknown, although some historians believe it arrived in America with German immigrants in the 1700s.  Rabbits, as we know, give birth to a big litter of babies. This became a symbol of new life.

Many of us have likely taken part in an easter hunt. But why do we hunt eggs on Easter? What does this have to do with Jesus’ resurrection? Some suggest that its origins date back to the late 16th century. Men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find. This all relates to the story of the resurrection, in which the empty tomb was discovered by women. Early Christians adopted the beliefs of making the egg a symbol of the resurrection and the empty shell a metaphor for Jesus’ tomb.

We know that Jesus died for our sins. We should continue to respect the word of the Lord and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Happy Easter!

Sources:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2023-24&version=NIV
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