Easter Bunny or Easter Eraser
The origin of associating a bunny with Easter is shrouded in mystery. I read a couple of theories on how this association came about. The reality, however, is that the Easter bunny has become one of the most familiar symbols of Easter.
I suggest that an eraser might be a much more fitting symbol. Because this is what Jesus’ resurrection did. When he rose from the dead, he erased not only the fear of death but also any doubts about his deity or our salvation.
Let’s take them one at a time.
1 Corinthians 15 is the Bible’s great resurrection chapter. In verse after verse, Paul proclaims both the fact of Jesus’ resurrection and our own resurrections. As he builds to his conclusion, he joyfully exclaims, “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory, Where, O death, is your sting? . . .But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). Because of Jesus, we no longer have to tremble at the thought of death. He has erased for us the fear of death.
He has done this, not only because his resurrection breeds our resurrections, but, even more importantly, because his resurrection has erased any doubts about our salvation. On the cross Jesus fully paid our debt to free us. With the empty tomb God has given us the receipt, the proof, that Jesus actually accomplished this. For God would never put his stamp of approval on Jesus by raising him from the dead if Jesus hadn’t done what he said he was going to do, namely, pay for all our sins.
Paul makes this point in Romans 4:25 when he says Jesus “was raised to life for our justification.” I explain this verse more fully in this week’s witnessing tip. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can view it here:
Jesus’ resurrection is God’s dramatic proof that he has saved us and thus erases all doubts about salvation. Whenever such doubts rise, run to the empty tomb and again be assured that Jesus fully paid your debt of sin.
Not only does Jesus’ resurrection erase all doubts about our salvation, it also erases all doubts about his deity. Paul also made this point in Romans. He wrote that Jesus “was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). No one had to come to the tomb and raise him. He rose by means of his own power. As Jesus himself said about his life: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again” (John 10:18).
Who is Jesus? His resurrection declares loudly and clearly, “Jesus is the very Son of God.” His resurrection erases all questions concerning his deity.
Are you beginning to see why I suggest that an eraser might be a better symbol of Easter than the Easter bunny?
I highly doubt, however, if this idea will catch on. I don’t see any chocolate Easter erasers being given to children next year. But maybe, just maybe, the image of an eraser will stick with you. See how Jesus, with his resurrection erased the fear of death and doubts about our salvation and his deity. This, my friends, give a whole lot more comfort than any Easter bunny can.
Have a wonderful Easter, reveling in Christ’s Easter victory – a victory he achieved for you – a victory that erases fears and doubts.