Easter is not a distorted celebration of fertility even if some of the symbols historically are linked to such things ( rabbit, hare, chickens, eggs). The created order supplied everything that was needed for life, nature & nurture. The intimacy that humanity had with God was what was lost but now found again in Christ.
It may seem odd that Scripture describes humanity as dead people walking (dead in sin) as we live & breathe, but that is what we are spiritually speaking & confirmed in our flesh. Time can’t heal all our wounds.
Although death is considered the norm it isn’t necessarily so just because it has been that way for such a long time…Easter is a celebration of new life & being born again, not of fertility or the error of Nicodemus (John 3:1-21.) but restoration…Joy to the world the Lord is come. Easter celebrates Christmas & Christmas celebrates Easter. Its a fulfilment of a promise with more to come.
- Joy to the world, the Lord is come!Let earth receive her King;Let every heart prepare Him room,And heav’n and nature sing,And heav’n and nature sing,And heav’n, and heav’n, and nature sing.
- Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!Let men their songs employ;While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plainsRepeat the sounding joy,Repeat the sounding joy,Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.
- No more let sins and sorrows grow,Nor thorns infest the ground;He comes to make His blessings flowFar as the curse is found,Far as the curse is found,Far as, far as, the curse is found.
- He rules the world with truth and grace,And makes the nations proveThe glories of His righteousness,And wonders of His love,And wonders of His love,And wonders, wonders, of His love.
- Isaac Watts
"Death no longer is the stronger"
Praise the Saviour now & ever
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