Easter Bunny Vs. Jesus Christ

Each year during the Easter season it seems that the One who should be the centerpiece of the celebration is pushed aside in order to focus on a fictitious character called the Easter Bunny.  Since Easter is approaching, let us compare the work of Christ with the work of the Easter Bunny.

The Work of Christ: Jesus Christ humbled Himself and came to earth to dwell in the midst of sin, shame, and to suffer upon the criminal’s cross for our sin.  He was slapped (John 18:22), mocked (John 19:1-3), spit upon (Isaiah 50:6), His beard ripped out of his face (Isaiah 50:6), betrayed (John 18:1-5), nailed to a cross (Luke 23:33), and died for our sin (Luke 23:46).  Christ was accused of sin, but He knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).  He was blamed for sin, but He was innocent.  He was rejected, despised, and murdered.  Three days after being placed in a tomb, Jesus Christ (the very Son of God) came up out of the tomb defeating death, hell, and the grave (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6;  Luke 24:6; John 20:16-18; Revelation 1:18).

The Work of the Easter Bunny: The Easter Bunny comes to provide us with candy, eggs, and baskets filled with goodies.  What eternal value does the Easter Bunny have for our lives?  Christ is verified with the Word of God and other historical evidences, but the Easter Bunny is merely an imaginary character.  It seems obvious that the world desires to replace Christ with a floppy eared Bunny for the purpose of denying the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  Someone said years ago, “If you want to explain away Christianity – you must explain away the empty tomb!”

Conclusion: In a world that seeks to minimize Christian celebration through secularization and materialism, we as Christians should remain focused on the goal of bringing glory to God during the season of celebration.  We cannot expect the world that worships American Idols, Hollywood stars, and musicians to actually worship our God during Easter.  Therefore, the Easter Bunny should be expected from a worldview that is not centered on Christ.  It should be the goal for all Christians to look past the fog of distractions during this time of year and truly focus on Christ and the empty tomb – the hope of all Christians!

Pastor Josh Buice

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  1. And what about our kids… ???My daughters already know “Dad’s the easter bunny.”I went to war on Santa this year. My daughters school showed them the Polar express and gave them Candy if they would say they believed in Santa. I was ticked.I told my 5 year old, “honey, there is no Santa.”"yes there is,” She said.”No, there is no Santa. I put the presents under the tree. I’m Satna.”Confused look. “You’re Santa? How do YOU get to all the houses on Christmas eve?”sigh.

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  2. David,That is very funny! I share your frustration with the whole secularization of such great religious celebrations!Josh

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  3. I tried to carry my war on secularism over to daylight savings. How dare they change the time on GOD’S DAY! I tried to stir up outrage this year, but our congregation just stared at me blankly in Bible Study.”Know what we should do,” I said, “we should not do it. We should not set our clocks back. We should hold service at the same time as always and then set our clocks back AFTER church.”More blanks stares. I didn’t convert a soul. So we had church at the “right” time and just let everyone who forgot miss church.I wish Daylight savings time was a secular holiday. Then I could justify my anger at it.

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  4. I was just curious to your opinion on churches having Easter egg hunts? I personally are against them, for the exact reasons you listed in your blog. I think this may be a part of the frustrations that we share with David. How do we explain the true meaning of Easter to our children and then have egg hunts at church?

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  5. Bill,That is a good question. Personally, I don’t like egg hunts because of the focus on the Bunny as opposed to Christ. However, at my former church in Kentucky, we taught Christ, the empty tomb, and majored on the true meaning of Easter . . . . and we did an egg hunt (absent of any Bunny) for children. Some may criticize me for allow that, but I feel that as long as I teach about Christ and the empty tomb, there is no real reason to prevent egg hunts unless some floppy eared bunny shows up!The main thing is that we are faithful to teach and preach the gospel of Christ (which involves the empty tomb) on Easter!Josh Buice

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  6. The easter egg is just as secular as the bunny. The meaning of either of these two are equally secular and equally distracting. I personally don’t think the easter bunny is any more distracting from the true meaning of Easter than a nutcracker is to Christmas. It’s all about the emphasis YOU put on these things in your home.

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