Written by Amber Tafao
Many have argued that Easter egg hunts and such festivities associated with holy-days detract from a holy focus on Christ during such an important season to the history of our faith. It is interesting to note, though, that dying Easter eggs originated with the early Christians of Mesopotamia, and that by the Middle Ages the Christian church had officially adopted the practice as a celebration commemorating the burial and resurrection of our Savior. The egg itself represents the tomb which could not hold Him. The chick borne of the egg represents Christ rising from the dead. When the tradition first began, Mesopotamians painted chicken or ostrich eggs red to represent the blood Christ shed on the cross. As you decorate Easter eggs this year, paint one red and teach those around you about the blood that was shed on humanity’s behalf. Matthew 26:28 is a familiar verse for those who have participated in communion. Jesus says, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Give praise to Him today for His great sacrifice. Use the red egg as a reminder to repent and walk in the forgiveness of Christ. Do not dwell in a guilty unpardoned place. He has made a new life for you.