I have always wondered what the connection was between Easter and bunnies. To be honest, I haven’t done any research to establish the link because I don’t think it’s necessary. Easter would not exist if Jesus had not been crucified, making this one of the most significant events in the Bible. If you’re looking for a quick history of Easter, look no further. They crucified Jesus, and he rose again. Nothing is more epic than this.
Jesus was well aware that they intended to kill him. In fact, he brought it up frequently during his lectures. As the date of his arrest approached, he began to prepare his disciples for the event. They even had their last supper with Jesus where he also washed the feet of the disciples. Jesus knew one of his disciples was plotting to betray him which he mentioned. He later beckoned Judas the betrayer to hurry and do what he needed to do. After this statement, Judas left the supper to finalise his plans of betraying Jesus.
When it was time for him to be arrested, Judas led the guards to where Jesus was. Jesus was arrested and brought before the governor. During their brief meeting, Pontius Pilate (the Roman governor) recognized that there was no reason to crucify Jesus and that he was not an ordinary man, referring to him as the King of the Jews. This caused him to rethink crucifying Jesus. Before the Passover feast, it was customary for the people to choose a prisoner to be pardoned. Pilate gave the Jews the option of rescuing Jesus or Barabbas (a notorious criminal), but the Jews chose Barabbas. The Jews’ decision resulted in Jesus’ crucifixion. This event took place on a Friday which we now refer to as Good Friday.
Prior to his crucifixion, Jesus had already promised his disciples that he would rise again. Some of Jesus’ disciples requested his body after he died on the cross. They wrapped him in a cloth and placed him in the tomb after it was released to them. They went to his tomb on the day of his resurrection but didn’t find him because he had risen. The commemoration of this event is now known as the Easter celebration.
As you can see, there was no mention of bunnies or egg hunt in this brief account. If you want the detailed story of Jesus crucification Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all share a succinct summary but this post summary is mainly based on the story in the book of John.
I think we have to be the custodians of the history of Easter because history is being ignored right before us. Let us remember to tell the right story about Easter and forget about the bunnies and eggs. Jesus will always be reason for the season.
Thank you for reading and see you next time.
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