For our kids, the Easter bunny has come and left all kinds of goodies in their baskets. The bunny himself is a great spring character and he and all baby animals symbolize new life. While the bunny is hopping down the bunny trail, the lamb with it soft coat and tender eyes leads us to see the Lamb of God.
Peter Cottontail brings eggs as well as goodies. The Easter egg is also a great way to express the new life of the holiday. I have had a bunny and decorated inflatable eggs in front of my house for weeks. Crawford loves them so we put them up early so he and the community can enjoy them.
I have read that the egg represents the rock that was rolled from Jesus’ tomb. Maybe that is where the egg roll game began, such as the one the White House hosts. Easter egg hunts are going on everywhere. What a great symbol of “hunting new life.”
The chick that hatches from an egg lends its meaning to rebirth as well.
The church is decorated with a sea of white lilies. It is so beautiful and can remind us of the purity of Jesus and his resurrection. It gives me a wonderful sense of peace to look at them.
The butterflies we see in the springtime are a deeper Easter symbol as well. I never really thought of the butterfly at Easter until I went to Christ the King Catholic Church in Southaven on Easter. My brother-in-law, Terry became Catholic that year and the church was decorated with lilies and beautiful butterflies. Some were in the altar flowers, but most where hanging from the ceiling. It was beautiful.
The whole life of a butterfly can be compared to the life of Jesus. As a caterpillar, he represents Jesus’ life on earth. In his earthly being he traveled the land just as a caterpillar does until it is time to go to his next stage of the life cycle. The second stage is the cocoon. The caterpillar as we know it changes and wraps itself in a blanket of a shell. Jesus’ earthly body was crucified and wrapped in the tomb for burial. But the glorious ending or you could say beginning, is the butterfly. The butterfly breaks away from the darkness of the cocoon and spreads its gorgeous colorful wings. Then it flies away going from flower to flower to spread new life.
The resurrection of Jesus is a thousand times more beautiful than that butterfly. He escaped the tomb and flew to the right hand of the Father to release us from our sins and give us new life.
The ultimate butterfly! The butterfly of peace. The butterfly of our salvation.