I simply had to share this video because it is beyond cute and it makes me really happy! But I can also understand this little girl’s confusion about how Jesus and the Easter Bunny fit together, when there seem to be two very different messages on what Easter is about coming at children around this time of year! On one hand, there is the Jesus version—Easter is about his life, death, and resurrection and the fact that He went through all of this to forgive us for our sins and offer us eternal life. On the other hand, there is the chocolate version—the Easter Bunny comes around once a year to share his magnificent chocolate eggs with all of the children that he finds deserving!
They both sound pretty great, when you think about it. No wonder this little girl thinks that Jesus and the Easter Bunny are best pals! They both have such wonderful gifts to offer! Chocolate and eternal salvation—I mean, what more could you need?!
But thankfully, though this little girl may not understand it yet, the Easter Bunny and Jesus come from two very different narratives. One, historically, is the story of a magical hare who brings colorful eggs only to good little girls and boys to reward them for their obedient behavior, while the other is the story of a man, who was also somehow fully God, who came in the flesh to bear the punishment for our sins—all of our sins—and to give us a gift that we could never, ever earn on our own.
The gift that Jesus offers, the gift that He set up for each and every one of us on that very first Easter, is not some kind of reward for good behavior. In fact, on the contrary, in a sense it is quite the opposite. It is a reward, in spite of bad behavior! It is an offering of peace and reconciliation to a world that had gone its own way. Where the Easter Bunny judges and makes a separation between the good and the bad, Jesus literally died to close that gap. So that all could be seen as equal—sinners, yet forgiven. Broken, yet worthy. Imperfect, yet utterly and outrageously loved.
As always, I am thankful for chocolate. I love chocolate. It is, and most likely will always be, my favorite treat. But much more than that, today—and every day—I am endlessly thankful for my Savior, who loves me so much that He was willing to die for me. He died so that I could live.
And what a blessed life it is!