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APRIL 2020

SYMBOLS of EASTER

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life."

 

Easter celebrates the beginning of Spring. This is shown by the coming back to life of trees, plants, and much of nature that has been dormant during the winter months. There are also many other symbols that represent Easter.

 

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when palm leaves were put down in the path of the travels of Jesus.  These were the ancient symbol of victory, goodness, and well-being.

 

The Easter lily represents Easter as it means purity and honesty. The lamb is a significant symbol because Jesus was known as the "Lamb of God" and is a symbol of his sacrifice. The butterfly is a little known symbol of Easter. It emerges from its cocoon as a symbol of transformation, hope, and eternal life. The caterpillar stands for Jesus life on earth and the butterfly represents the Resurrection. Candles represent the light of the world and show new hope and that the light takes away the darkness.

 

Of course, we cannot forget the Easter bunny. This represents the fertility and delivers Easter eggs of all different colors which show that Spring is full of color. This egg also shows that Jesus arose from the tomb in new light and new life as an egg does when opened. Easter baskets were originally filled with food that were given to people as a blessing. Now they are usually given to children full of toys and chocolate Easter eggs. And who is not blessed to get a piece of chocolate candy?  There are many ways to celebrate Easter. Always remember the love that God has for all of us and that love that we should have for each other.

 

In my year-long explanation of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" this is the fourth month and the year and the fourth phrase of the song is the four calling birds which are the 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

 

                                      With Love and Friendship,

Judy Russell