As a child, I loved getting a chocolate bunny at Easter. Not the hollow kind, but the solid five-pound bunny rabbit that would take a good part of one month to eat. I’m not sure how many of those I actually finished. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak …”
But Easter is so much more than chocolate bunnies or grown men dressed up in bunny suits.
Easter is a celebration of God’s most awe-inspiring miracle: his ability to bring life out of that which was dead. When Jesus’ burial tomb was discovered empty, angels from heaven asked his followers: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” In other words, Jesus is no longer dead — he’s alive!
The miracle that happened on the first Easter Sunday has happened millions of time since then. In small towns and places like San Diego, all across the world, God has brought the dead back to life. No tombs required. Those who have found themselves dying from despair or shame have found new life through the Risen Son.
Now that’s better than any five-pound chocolate bunny.