This is the holiest week of the year, yet we often go about our lives without paying much attention to it until Easter Sunday, when we bring out the dyed eggs, the Easter baskets, and celebrate the Easter Bunny. Wait a minute...the Easter Bunny?
Yes, I fear that the Easter Bunny often gets more attention than the one whom this week is really about: Jesus.
This week is meant for remembrance of the activities that took place so long ago: the Last Supper, the torment, the passion, the crucifixion of the man Jesus Christ. And why should we remember it and celebrate it? Because in this week so long ago, Jesus reopened the doors to paradise.
Through Jesus dying on the cross for us, we are promised eternal life and salvation. As Christians, we will live on in heaven, in paradise. If that isn't worth celebrating, I don't know what is!
Now I love the Easter Bunny and all of the magic that brings our children (and adults) so much joy as much as anyone. There is so little magic in the world, and I am one that continues to give both Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny a wild and free rein to light up the hearts and eyes of children everywhere. Yet, in the midst of that, we need to bring Jesus to the forefront, reminding ourselves and our children that, just like Christmas, "Jesus is the reason for the season".