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What the Easter Bunny Taught Me?

By April 06, 2012 , , , , ,

Easter is most definitely one of my favorite holidays and I must admit, I, too (esp. now that I am a momma!), get all wrapped up in the Easter holiday festivities such as egg hunts, candy and chocolate, peeps of course, baskets and bunnies! I mean who doesn't love the Easter bunny?

The cutest bunny I know! 

It's pretty easy to get taken in by the bunny and basket portion of the holiday, that sometimes we lose sight of the real meaning of Easter.
A big thanks to Hersheys for the complimentary Easter basket they sent me from my time at Blissdom  in February. I actually picked out the basket color, grass color and of course all of the chocolates. Rock solid!

I couldn't keep this all wrapped up until Easter. I mean com'on, this chocolate was calling out to me, whispering to me in fact sweet nothings. That mini Reester Bunnies bag just may've disappeared within days of its arrival.

So in honor of today's special holiday, Good Friday, I thought I'd take a minute and share some passages from the good Bible that help explain the true importance and meaning behind one of America's most celebrated holidays.

Today is Good Friday.

But what does that mean exactly? For some it might be just another day off work, making for a long holiday weekend. (And, that is OK, too!)

But in the Christian sense, Good Friday is the day on which we commemorate the passion, suffering and death of the Lord, Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe. It is the culmination of Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and it takes place two days before Easter Sunday.

Then on Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the Resurrection. According to Scripture, Jesus came back to life or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the Cross. Through his death, burial and Resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus achieving for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 1:4-5 
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. 

Mark 16:1-8 
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' "
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

John 11:25-26
 
Jesus said to her (Martha, who accompanied her sister Mary Magdalene), "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

1 Peter 1:3 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

  
This will be our second Easter with Sweet Baby RayRay and this year, we will be sharing with her the story of Jesus' Resurrection and why, every year, we celebrate the holiday with not only Easter service in the morning, but also a large Easter feast at home. We read a Bible verse almost every night now with RayRay, so I was absolutely thrilled when I found this fun and creative recipe for Resurrection Rolls over at Two Maids a Milking to help explain the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And yes, we will most definitely be partaking in at least two Easter egg hunts and visiting for the first time Mr. Easter Bunny. The visit with Santa was pretty frightening, if you remember, so we shall see what her reaction to a giant, oversized white Easter rabbit will be. 

Happy Easter everyone!  




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  1. We hit our church services and did everything right EXCEPT when, at 2:00 in the blessed A.M. when the girls woke us up to ask if they could go down to see if the Easter Bunny had come. Of course we said, "NO!" and sent them back to bed, but as soon as they were out of our room, I realized that the Easter Eggs had not been hidden! DANG! Had to wait for FOREVER for them to go back to sleep, them find quarters in the dark, fill the plastic Easter Eggs, hide them, all to the tune of my husband's snoring! Then, of course, I couldn't go back to sleep until 4:45 a.m. See what you have to look forward to? This early morning wake up call will also come on Christmas morning! Just giving you a heads up!

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