Easter Gospel Illustration John 20:1–9 – Easter Egg History
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Easter Gospel Illustration John 20:1–9 – Easter Egg History

Easter Gospel Illustration John 20:1–9 – Easter Egg History

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  • The History of Easter Eggs The history of Easter Eggs is part fact, and part legend. You will have to decide for yourself which story sounds best to you. From: http://fullhomelydivinity.org/eggs.htm
  • The egg is a source of new life, a symbol of creation, spring, and fertility in many cultures and religions, and this symbolic meaning predates Christianity. The Easter egg history begins with the ancient Persians who exchanged eggs at the spring equinox, the first day of spring. The equinox marks the day when we have an equal amount of light and darkness, hence the name "equinox," meaning "equal night." Romans gave red-painted eggs as gifts which represented the beginning of a new year. A Jewish tradition is that at the Passover or Seder meal an egg is placed on the plate as a symbol of the new life given to the people of Israel when they were saved from their slavery in Egypt. When an egg hatches it brings forth new life. In the Christian tradition the Easter egg came to represent the Resurrection of Jesus.
  • Just as the hard shell of the egg is broken open so that new life can emerge, so was the rock-hewn tomb of Jesus opened when He rose from the dead on the third day. Ancient cultures saw the egg as a symbol of the rebirth of nature, but Christians came to see it as a symbol of the rebirth of mankind. Simon of Cyrene was forced by the Roman soldiers to carry the cross for Jesus when Jesus collapsed under the weight of the cross. But who is Simon? And why was he in Jerusalem that day? An old tradition tells us that Simon was a Black farmer from North Africa who had journeyed to Jerusalem to sell eggs which was something every Jew would need for the Seder meal. When forced to carry the cross of Jesus he had to leave his eggs behind. When he returned no longer were the eggs white but they were brightly colored.
  • The sainted woman Mary of Magdala was a witness to the Resurrection. According to tradition she was a woman of high standing who used her wealth to travel and bear witness to the risen Lord. She even gained entrance to the court of the Emperor Tiberius Caesar. When she met Tiberius, she held an egg in her hand and announced "Christ is risen!" The Emperor laughed at her and said that someone rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand turning red.
  • Of course, that is exactly what happened: the egg turned red and she continued to proclaim the good news to the imperial household. Icons of Mary Magdalene often show her holding a red egg and it is the custom of the Greeks to color their Easter eggs red. One popular game with hard boiled eggs around the world is egg rolling. Egg rolling has been a fixture of the season in Washington, D.C., since before the Civil War. The original object of the game was to roll the egg down the hill without breaking it. This would appear to be a derivative of egg-pecking, or knocking, still played by children and adults in many churches. Two people knock their eggs together, saying "Christ is risen!" The purpose actually is to break open the symbolic tomb, the "winner" is the person whose egg breaks other eggs. The owner of the egg that cracks all of the others open is considered to be especially blessed.