by naomi Cassata
Colored eggs, bunny rabbits, candy filled baskets and fancy outfits have all become the symbol of Easter. Jesus' resurrection is scarcely touched upon as all these other preparations have crowded him out of the picture. The extent of most Christians' knowledge of Easter is that Jesus died on the cross and three days later rose. Rather than a time of reflection and thankfulness to God, the account of Christ has simply become a mere story with very little meaning.
What makes Easter so special anyway, and why not share this special day with the Easter bunny? Jesus' death and resurrection are the most important events of all time. No other event even comes close to the sacrifice he made for mankind. Without his death, we would have no hope for an eternity with our God, in Heaven. During those agonizing moments in the garden of Gethsemane, he was in the valley of decision. He prayed for guidance and strength to do God's will. For Him, It was to take the punishment of our sins, so that we could be reconciled with our Creator. Jesus willingly gave up his life for us.