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What came first, the chicken or Christ?

When did Easter eggs become synonymous with the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Somewhere along the way, chocolate bunnies and eggs became the gift to share on Easter.

Is the gift of resurrection, symbolized in eggs and bunnies or with the cross?

As Christians that love to celebrate the death of our risen Lord with sugar treats, wouldn’t a more reasonable treat be a chocolate cross.

We celebrate what God did for us, with chocolate eggs and bunnies. It sounds like we are a bunch of pagans when stated like that. The question is, how far from the truth is that statement?

There’s an epic and quite dramatic scene that unfolds as Jesus was carrying the cross before His crucifixion. Women were mourning and lamenting as we read in Luke 23:26-31.

As they led Him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him to carry it behind Jesus. A large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and lamented Him. Jesus turned to them, saying, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. Listen, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, who never bore and never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’

For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Jesus told the Daughters of Jerusalem, to weep not for Him, but for yourselves and your children. Why were they to weep for themselves and their children?

Jesus answers that in Luke 23:34.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they divided His clothes by casting lots.

When we approach Easter with chocolate eggs and bunnies, to celebrate the persecution, the beatings, and finally the nailing to the cross to bring about death, when we bring that to the cross, perhaps the words Jesus spoke about 2000 years ago, still holds true today.

Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.