That was the question I asked when I was a little kid about 50 years ago. I wanted to make sure we were going to have Easter. If the Easter Bunny died, we wouldn’t have candy or Easter eggs and I wouldn’t get a small present for the holiday if he didn’t show up. I was worried, because my friend Brad had a rabbit that died. I knew that rabbits didn’t live very long, so I was really worried about the Easter bunny.
However, true to form, the Easter Bunny showed up that year. He brought colored eggs, jelly beans, yellow peeps, and a small present with my name on it. He didn’t let me down, and he even spent the time to hide all the Easter eggs (He did tell my parents where they were in case I couldn’t find them.) As I remember I did pretty well on the hunt.
The interesting thing is, the Easter Bunny is still alive and well this year. He will be arriving on time for thousands of little boys and girls around the world. He still has the same jelly beans, yellow peeps, and a basket full of colored eggs.
The Easter Bunny didn’t die after all.
So here is my question… Do you believe in the Easter Bunny?
If you are reading this, and over the age of seven, you probably have found out that the Easter Bunny really doesn’t exist. Yet he survives, year after year.
So who owns the Easter Bunny? I know Warner Bros owns Bugs Bunny and the Energizer Bunny is owned by a battery company, but the Easter Bunny doesn’t seem to have any corporate sponsorship. Yet year after user his likeness and his products end up in stores starting in March and the products don’t change much. The jelly beans, peeps, and chocolate Easter Bunnies are almost exactly the same as when I was a kid. Kids and their parents are still hard boiling and coloring eggs. The colors, products, and candy all look the same.
With most products and styles changing on a yearly basis, the Easter Bunny stays the same.
We now have iPads, computers, and big screen TVs which were just a dream 50 years ago, but the lowly Easter bunny hasn’t changed at all. If you are a company selling Easter items, you don’t have to change your product line to keep up. While Apple has to update their products once a year, Easter items are almost perennial.
So how does something that doesn’t actually exist live on year after year? Unlike Santa Claus we don’t know where the Easter Bunny lives, yet he shows up for millions of kids.
A real mystery!
Something else is still the same now as when I was a kid. After all the hiding and finding, my parents would take me to church. I had a little red suit with a bow tie. All the women would dress in white or pastel colors, and we would sit in the wooden pews and sing songs. Then a man would come up front and talk about a man named Jesus. Unlike the Easter Bunny, Jesus did die. And three days later he came back to life. The man said that Jesus died so we could have life. So we could live forever.
Even 50 years later, that story hasn’t changed at all.
Jesus died and rose again.
He is risen.