There has been no spring thaw to speak of, but that does not stop spring fever. In fact, the mild winter may have caused a premature assumption that winter is over when in reality it is not. But either way, one must admit it has been nice to not have to scoop the snow or fall on the ice.
While it is true that spring brings pea green grass, buds on the trees, the crocus, and the daffodills, it is also true that spring is the time Jesus was resurrected. He died for our sins. He came back to life. He brought HOPE to a sin-sick world. All we have to do is accept Him as our Savior and obey His commandments.
The path is laid out in a straight line. A rod extends along the pathway to help guide us. Hold on tight to that rod. The rod is there for all sinners. It is even more helpful with darkness all around us in this “cloudy and dark day”. It will provide strength and comfort to all. The rod is no respecter of persons and is free for all who desire it. The price has been paid by Jesus Christ, and we just need to look to the rod for guidance.
Some rods look like a shepherd’s hook. The shepherd can use that hook (or rod) to curl around the sheep’s neck and bring it back to the fold and safety. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and He knows His sheep. They are counted. He knows if even one of them strays.
Green pastures are abundant to the sheep (and even the Easter bunny) in the springtime. But the Easter bunny stems from pagan roots and can be traced back to 13th century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshipped many gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility. Feasts were held in her honour on the Vernal Equinox. This brings to mind the fact that the Devil is the great imitator of Jesus.
Her symbol was the rabbit because of the high reproduction rate, symbolizing new life and rebirth. Eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century merging the pagan beliefs with Jesus’ resurrection.Then in the 1700s these legends came to the United States when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country (according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture).
Spring is just around the corner and Easter IS a joyous occasion for the Christian. What we need to teach our children is the GOOD NEWS of the gospel and the price our Savior paid for our redemption.