Beyond the Bunnies: A Meaning-Filled Easter Basket
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2nd Corinthians 5:17 NASB).
Grocery store aisles lined with chocolate Easter bunnies, baby chicks, Peeps, baskets, chocolate eggs, and jelly beans let us know that the Easter Bunny will be visiting our homes soon to deliver the greatly anticipated Easter baskets! My family loves to play “guess the flavor” as we share our Jelly Belly jelly beans, and we always love a good Easter egg hunt, but as a young mom, it all seemed so shallow. I wanted something more.
The depth of Easter is missing if we leave out the greatest story.
So over the years, I have tried to make my children’s baskets reflect my Living Hope, which is the reason for the hope-filled holiday and the reason for my full heart.
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him (Acts 2:24 NIV).
But God, in all His might and glory, raised Jesus from the dead!
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying (Matthew 28:6 NLT).
The glorious news is that Jesus is alive! Christ overcame death and one day we will, too!
Understanding the depth of His sacrificial love allows our repentant hearts to turn back to Him and be reconciled. God gives us a new life and at that moment the angels have a party in heaven!
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10 NIV).
We remember and we celebrate His life each year at Easter, otherwise known as Resurrection Sunday! Jesus has risen! He is alive!
Here is a list, compiled from a few good friends, of items beyond the bunnies to make a meaning-filled Easter basket. This list is a work-in-progress and over the years I have added two or three of these items to the Easter baskets to reflect the heart of The Father and the reason we take the time to rejoice and remember.
The symbolism is as deep as the richness each item adds to the Easter celebration!
- Seeds/Bulbs/Bunnies/Chicks: We have new life in Christ!
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4 NASB).
- Soap: Jesus washes away our sins.
But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV).
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin (Psalm 51:2 NASB).
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NASB).
- Shoes: Go! Tell the good news & run the race!
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 NASB).
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV).
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (Romans 10:15 NIV).
- Perfume / Essential Oil (maybe a blend in a roller bottle!): Jesus is a fragrant offering – once and for all!
…and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:2 NIV).
- Light (Candle/Flashlight): Jesus is the Light of the World!
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12 NIV).
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path (Psalm 119:105 NASB).
‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 NASB).
- Lamb figurine or stuffed baby lamb: Jesus is the perfect Lamb!
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29 NASB).
…knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB).
- Heart Jewelry: God loved me first & may He creates a pure heart in me!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10 NASB).
- Decorative Cup or New Water Bottle: Jesus fills us & Jesus is the Living Water!
…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5 NASB).
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13 NASB).
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38 NASB).
…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:14 NASB).
- Jewelry w/ Stone or Decorative Rock: Jesus is My Rock!
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2 NASB).
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken (Psalm 62:2 NIV).
- Bread: Jesus is the Bread of Life!
I am the Bread of Life (John 6:48 NASB).
If you have other items which give God glory this Easter, please share them in the comments section.
May the Easter celebration in your home be deeply blessed and full of the richness of His everlasting love!
In His Holy and Precious Name,