Easter Eggs All Around Us

Has there ever been a child who doesn’t like a good, old fashioned Easter Egg hunt? They are full of surprises. Not only is there the thrill of trying to find something deliberately hidden, but there is also the suspense of wondering what the Easter Egg contains!

In Media, an “Easter Egg” is used to describe an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work. It is given the name “Easter Egg” because of the tradition of having to hunt/search to find them. An example of an “Easter Egg’ in Media would be in the Disney movie Tarzan. There is a scene where the man-raised-by-gorillas discovers his human ancestry and finds a set of teapots. Two of the teapots look almost exactly like the characters Mrs. Potts and Chip from another Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. (Can you tell I have toddlers in my house?) This “Easter Egg” is an ode to Disney feature movies, and for the viewer who catches the reference, it brings about a similar thrill, excitement, or joy to that of finding an egg on a hunt!

As we celebrate the season of Easter, there are spiritual “Easter Eggs” all around us. Easter cele-brates the resurrected Jesus, the firstfruits of the New Creation. Particularly here in the Northern Hemisphere, new life is blooming and sprouting all around us ever reminding us of the New Life we have in Christ. Birds are busy building nests. Sometimes we find pieces of bird eggs on the ground or sidewalk, evidence of another new bird born. The ample amount of rain this time of year, which helped coin the phrase “April Showers bring May flowers” reminds us of the New Life we have in Baptism through the washing of the Water and the Word.

Because of sin, we know all life has a time limit. Isaiah writes, “The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass” (Isaiah 40:7). Just as quickly as the beauty of springtime fades, the flowers drop off the trees, and the green grass browns with the heat of the summer sun, so also human life is but a moment. This causes James to reflect and ask, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

The joy and promise of Easter is that in contrast to the brevity of earthly life, through Christ, the firstfruit of the resurrection, we have the hope of life eternal. In the resurrection, Christ has defeated sin, death, and the power of the devil as we confess in the 2nd Article of the Creed in the Catechism.

Spring time in the Northern Hemisphere is a season of life. Easter is the season of life. In the very next verse after Isaiah writes, “surely the people are grass”, he concludes with this powerful statement: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” The Hebrew verb translated as “stand” can mean stand up or raise up. The Greek equivalent in the New Testament is anastasis, the same exact word used for the resurrection!

The Word of God stands for all eternity. Is not Christ the very Word of God made flesh, John 1:14? Though the Son of God died on the cross, He rose again to new life. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Christ stands forever! Whenever we see evidence of life springing up around us this time of year, may it always remind us that by God’s grace through faith, we, too shall rise to life eternal for Jesus’ sake! This message is no hidden egg waiting to be found, but has been revealed clearly in the Gospel for all to hear and believe!

Your servant in Christ, Pastor Hromowyk

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday Worship Services - 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday May 8, 15, 22, 29;  Compline Service 7:00 P.M.
Thursday May 30; 7:00 P.M. Ascension Service



 

COMMUNION SCHEDULE
 

Holy Communion is available every Sunday at both services.

COMMUNION STATEMENT
Special note to our visitors and guests: Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, are kindly asked to refrain from partaking of the Sacrament until first speaking with our Pastor.