What has it got to do with Easter? Part 7: Lambs
Spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, lilies and tulips have become a symbol of the Resurrection throughout the Christian world. The daffodil has even been called the Easter Bell, or Lent Lily. Tradition has it that the daffodils open on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and die on Easter Sunday, but this is mainly anecdotal, depending on when Easter falls.
However, the cheerful yellow and white of the daffodil is a welcome warmth during the Lenten season, the bulbs, having lain dormant for months, springing to life and signifying rebirth.
So let us proudly display daffodils in our gardens and homes this Easter (A heads up, if you want to plant them in your garden the best time to do it is in the autumn!).
Let us talk to our friends and family about how cheerful and hopeful they are, and how they represent the time Jesus was in the tomb, dead, and yet waiting for his coming resurrection, when he would demonstrate how he has conquered sin and death, and offers the hope of this resurrection to all who will trust in Him.
Well if you’re lucky, an extra day off work might make you think it’s pretty good, but when we think about what happened on good Friday, why on earth isn’t it called bad Friday, or black Friday? (and not the shopping type!).
The Friday before Easter Sunday is the day on which Jesus was crucified. Falsely accused, given a sham trial, and then mocked, whipped and crucified. Not sounding good.
For 6 hours he hung on the cross, for 3 of those hours the sky went dark, and then Jesus died. The disciples believed this was it. Their leader, their Lord, dead.
Not a good day.
But, the cross wasn’t a mistake. Jesus hadn’t lost control of the situation, this was the way it had to be. God takes sin seriously, and this was the only way that we could be brought back into relationship with him.
Which came first, the chocolate or the egg?
Well in this case definitely the egg! Eggs had been used for hundreds of years as a symbol of Easter, starting out as real eggs, then being a paper mache shell in which you could hide a gift, and finally a confection.
The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century, but they were bitter and hard. Cadbury’s first chocolate egg was made in1875 and they very quickly became popular and remain a favourite tradition with chocolate-lovers today. But over the last 50 years we weren’t content with just having chocolate eggs, and so all sorts of chocolate shapes are now given at Easter time. You can get a chocolate bunny, dinosaur, sloth or unicorn, chocolates of every size and design. 10% of the chocolate produced each year is given at Easter. But what has this got to do with Jesus?
For those who choose to fast during Lent chocolate is often one of the rich indulgent dairy items that is off limits, meaning that when Easter Sunday arrives people are excited to once again treat themselves.
For those who don’t fast during Lent, Easter Sunday is still a feast day in celebration of Christ’s resurrection, and the giving of celebratory chocolate is one way of marking this.
What's it got to do with Easter? Part 2: Eggs
I haven't posted here for such a long time, but I have thought a number of times I should come over. Not that I think anyone is particularly interested in what I have to say about anything, but on the off chance anyone is, I've decided to try and start posting again. My life has very few card making projects recently. In fact, most of my craft supplies are boxed up and in storage as we had hoped to move house in 2020. Alas, COVID 19 put paid to that idea!
Baking has also been on a very sporadic basis, but I will try and do some posts on that theme soon!
I'm here today to start a series of posts about Easter!
I am super picky about Christian celebrations, and don't like to have them derailed by insignificant, or incorrect activities. So when I was approached by a lovely presenter at UCB 2 who I have done some previous segments for on the Nativity, I was excited to research the themes that are often highlighted at Easter. Bunnies, eggs, chocolate and the like!
So we start today with bunnies!
Do let me know in the comments what your thoughts are about Easter bunnies, or what you choose to do to celebrate Easter!