A Sunday School teacher asked her little preschool class what they knew about Easter. She had been working with the class for a while trying to explain what Easter was really all about. A little boy suggested Easter was when all the family came to the house and they ate a big turkey. The teacher wondered if the little boy was thinking of Thanksgiving. So she asked a girl next to the boy. She said that Easter was when you came down stairs in the morning and saw all the beautiful presents under the tree. The teacher felt discouraged and explained that the little girl was probably thinking of Christmas. But then she saw a little boy who tentatively raised his hand in the air.
“Yes,” she called out. The boy said “Easter was the time when Jesus was crucified on the cross and buried”. The teacher felt better finally assured that at least this little boy had grasped the true meaning of Easter. But then the little boy added “And when he comes out of the grave, if he sees his shadow, we have six more weeks of winter.”
Maybe you have memories of what you thought Easter was all about growing up as a child. Maybe it was one of the only times your family went to church. Or you might remember when you got a green palm leaf and you thought Easter was all about everyone loving Jesus. But you might have only gotten about half the story and wondered where the Easter bunny fit in.