Easter candy: Good reminder of an upcoming holiday, or commercialism?
Usually at a religious holiday season Christians gets put down for co-opting a pagan holiday but at Easter our American culture has co-opted the Resurrection of Jesus Christ into an opportunity for commercialism. Candy Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and multi-colored jelly beans in truth were never intended to be reminders of Easter. Yeah, they’re tasty and it can be a lot of fun to hide and then go find them, but in all actuality they have nothing whatsoever to do with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all we’re talking about the greatest moment in history, the moment when Jesus Christ literally rose up from the grave. How can anything sugary and sticky like a marshmallow rabbit compete with the defeat of sin and death by the Son of God? Come on, let’s be real and let’s be clear, Easter is not a day that should simply pass us by, it’s a day to stop and contemplate the historical fact that our access to God has been made possible through the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit”. NIV
In the early Christian church the preacher would stand before the congregation on Resurrection Sunday & proclaim, ‘He is Risen’, the congregation would then respond with great joy, ‘He is Risen Indeed’. Happy Easter and God bless you on this greatest of days.