By Bryan Thompson
I find it interesting that the act of one man is remembered nearly 2,000 years later. There have been folks that have tried to dampen the original message with mythical figures and cute stories. But the thought of life, or sometimes new life, is still involved.
My celebration as a Christian has to do with my belief in the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice, death, and overcoming of death through resurrection is inspirational to me. So much so that I have devoted my life to the telling of His story. The hope of forgiveness of sins and the delight of living life in relationship with God our Creator is a sweet thing to me.
The strength of that idea, although changed, runs through some of the other symbols now associated with Easter. The Easter Egg and baby chicks are symbols of new life. The hunting for colorful eggs hidden by the mysterious rabbit is a symbol of the mystery and surprise of the resurrection day. The candy can remind us of the sweetness and the delight of the whole resurrection story.
Think how special it is to do something remembered and honored so many years later. To do something so spectacular that instead of erasing the story, it is modified, and yet with the intent to still express some sense of the nobility of that story. That is what makes, to me, Jesus’ story so very special. One I believe, and one I am desirous of continuing to tell.