by Brenda McGraw
As I was walking through the mall this past weekend, I passed by an area in the center that was roped off. There he sat! He was waiting for the little kids to come sit in his lap and tell him what they wanted for Easter. I bet you can tell me who this was. Yep, the “Easter Bunny.”
Sounds similar to another character we take our kids to visit at Christmas.
We have commercialized Christmas and Easter and made them all about gifts, toys and candy.
When Christmas rolls around, children are allowed to sit down and make a “want list.” Then Mom and Dad or the grandparents take them to the mall and they tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas. All along they are anticipating Christmas morning.
It’s the same with Easter.
Easter may not be quite as big and the children don’t receive as many gifts, but the concept is still the same.
I’m guilty. I am a Christian mom and although my kids are all young adults now, we did the very same thing. My kids, however knew the real reason for both these seasons and they knew about Jesus. But we somehow all justify that it is okay to introduce them to Santa and the Bunny. I did it too. So please know I am not pointing fingers. (Big hugs!)
But for some this is all their kids know about the reason we have these amazing gift-giving characters that make an entrance in our home while we are all tucked away in our beds, fast asleep. They leave toys under a tree or Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. They may or may not go to church and for the most part, if they do, it is just to strut around in their beautiful new dress and pearly white shoes or khaki shorts and brand new shirt.
I was raised in what I thought we called a Christian home.
We celebrated Christmas and Easter every year and I would say that was the main time of year we attended church.
I believed I was a Christian, until I was thirteen years old and heard I needed to ask Jesus into my heart and quit having fun with my friends.
Yep, that’s the exact way I perceived it.
I thought I had to give up having fun, because what I understood about being a Christian was all about the things “we can’t do” and it would be boring. I rejected Christ.
I didn’t want to give up my partying with my friends (even at thirteen). I wasn’t ready to make Jesus my new friend.
Now, as I ponder over Easter, I think about who is sitting in the roped-off area high upon the throne in heaven.
He, like the Easter Bunny, is also waiting on the people to come to Him and tell them what they want. However, He is Jesus and He already knows. He is not dressed in a hot, fluffy, white creepy-looking costume. He is dressed in a white robe that is shining with majesty.
Jesus will lavish you with an abundant life and life everlasting. He will give you the greatest of gifts, which include peace, joy, love, forgiveness and so much more. He will wrap His arms around you and embrace you with comfort when no one else is looking or is there for you.
The Easter Bunny and Santa Claus make their appearance once a year, but Jesus, the Prince of Peace, makes His appearance every day. He is with us always. His promise is to never leave us.
The celebration at Easter is not about a bunny that brings gifts and candy to our children. The celebration of Easter is about God, who gave His best gift ever, Jesus, to take all our mistakes and sins and nail them to a cross where Jesus died for you and me. The celebration of Easter revealed to us over 2,000 years ago, that the power that raised Christ from the dead back to life, is the same power God makes available today to all who believe.
I encourage you to make sure your kids understand that it’s not about the Easter Bunny, but about the Man on the tree of redemption. He died, but He lived. He was buried, but He was raised. He ascended into heaven, but He is coming back again.
So whose lap are you sitting on? Sit on the lap of Jesus. His love is eternal.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
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Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.
Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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