I won’t be having an Easter egg on 31st March. Not for any specifically noteworthy reason, like I think commercialism is bad, or people should think more about the Truth of Easter. No, the reason I’m not having one is that I’m on a diet!!
Now, a chocolate egg looks like it contains a million calories and I’m only allowed 1500 a day. Problem! So, perhaps I could have one and just take a little nibble each day – say 10 calories’ worth. Or maybe I could just look at the box and not open it, just salivate. The best idea would be not to buy one at all but then it wouldn’t be Easter without an egg, would it? Well, of course it would.
The original idea of an egg at Easter time is to represent the empty tomb of Jesus. The shape of an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb and a bird hatches from it with life: similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave and that those who believe will experience eternal life.
I read a report on the internet recently that someone has introduced the “Christian Easter Egg” this year and that it was being sold in several supermarkets in the U.K.. The list did not include Asda so, being a nosey kind of person, I went in and asked one of the Managers why this was. She looked at me as if I’d just landed from Mars. “In all my 25 years in retail”, she said, “I’ve never heard of such a thing.” I repeated that it was something new and asked if they might be available in the store. “Sorry,” she replied, “Our eggs have been on order for over a year!” We’ll just have to wait and see what next year brings! Apparently the idea is to present the Easter story on the box in which the egg is sold, but this appears to have met with mixed sentiments. I think I’ll leave it there!!
Until I became a Christian I didn’t know the full story of Easter. Yes, I knew that Jesus was nailed to a Cross and died, but I was never told that He died for me. Little insignificant me! But why did He die? Surely if He was able to do all those miracles, couldn’t He just have made Himself invisible, or made the soldiers change their minds, or even made Pontius Pilate say “Free Him” instead of “washing his hands of Him”.
All these things serve only to question God’s Will. None of these things above was the Will of God. Jesus clearly understood that his mission on earth involved laying down his life as a sacrifice. In other words, Jesus knew it was His Father’s will for him to die.
I always cry in church on Good Friday. When the Crucifixion story is re-told in scripture and songs, it breaks my heart to know what they did to Jesus. And yet, even as He was on the Cross, He said: “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”
“Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”
John 15 verse 13