Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! It’s almost a week until Easter and what does Easter bring?
Easter was for the longest time my favorite holiday that I celebrated with my family. My parents always put together these baskets full of different items ranging from books to candy. Since my birthday is April 26, it was like a pre-birthday gift for me. Now my favorite holiday is the anniversary with my boyfriend. (Does that even count as a holiday?) Oh well, it is to me, haha.
I do not know about you, but I loved Easter egg hunts as a child. I loved going out and finding the eggs at my grandma’s house. They were always filled with sweet treats that I usually did not get at other parts of the years. (Despite the fact that my dad has a major sweet tooth.) Regardless, after my grandma passed, we started doing Easter egg hunts at my aunt and uncle’s house. It continued to be one of my favorite things about Easter. As I grew older, I realized why that was the case.
Early Christians adopted the egg as an Easter symbol because an egg’s hard shell represents Jesus’ sealed tomb, and cracking the shell symbolizes His Resurrection. This is the common explanation when used to link Christianity with Easter eggs in relation to children. Let’s take a step deeper though.
Eggs, which often remind people of new life because some creatures are born from them, reminded early Christians that Jesus is the true source of new life spiritually. When you accept Christ, you become a new, improved, stronger, egg that is a bit harder to crack open. (Think of egg 2.0.) That’s you with Christ. You are no longer just an egg, you are a revised and updated version. Take a look at 2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
When we become one with Christ, we become new! We are no longer stuck at version 1 of ourselves. That part has been erased for 2.0 to come through!
This does not mean we may not slip up and crack a little. It may result in us coming in contact with bad eggs or even becoming one for a while. Even if you are cracked, God still believes in your new life as an egg. He is there to guide you and help you remain strong in your journey.
This Easter, whether you hunt or dye the eggs, do not forget that you too are an egg 2.0 in Christ. Strong, new, improved, and empowered to do all things through Him.