“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” II Corinthians 5:17

The concept of the Easter egg dates back at least to ancient Mesopotamia — and maybe further!

Christians first began using eggs to celebrate Easter in ancient Mesopotamia, when they dyed eggs red, in the memory of the blood Christ shed at the time of his crucifixion.

Eggs are a perfect Easter symbol, a symbol of new life in Christ. “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The egg illustrates the Resurrection– a chick emerging from its shell represents Jesus emerging from his tomb on Easter.

A lot of us may chomp on chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by church leaders during the week leading up to Easter, known as Holy Week. During the Middle Ages Western Christians were prohibited from eating eggs during Lent, but were allowed to eat them when Easter arrived. Eggs that were laid during Holy Week were hardboiled, decorated and saved for Easter day.

The Easter bunny has nothing to do with Jesus directly. It is believed the Germans started the tradition in the 1500’s as a folk tale for their children. Rabbits or bunnies have been long associated with spring and new life. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies in the springtime. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.

What plans does your family have this Easter while social distancing?