A number will say Jesus and his resurrection, while most will probably think first of the symbols that are associated with Easter. What are these Easter symbols? Off the top of my head, I can think of Easter eggs and an adorable Easter bunny. Did you know that there are more Easter symbols other than this popular duo? Let’s take a look at several more Easter symbols:
But let’s begin with the popular ones. The Easter Bunny is one of the most popular Easter symbols; however, its origin is not very clear. Some say that the bunny or the rabbit symbolizes new life, and that it was brought by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania (History.com). Because of what it symbolizes, it was later on adapted into the traditions we know today.
Much like the Easter bunny, Easter eggs are also used as a symbol for new life. Aside from the eggs themselves, traditions also include activities involving Easter eggs like egg painting and egg rolling. According to History.com, the tradition of decorating Easter eggs dates back to the 13th century.
Now, here are more symbols that hold better Biblical relevance:
The butterfly is not only a symbol for eternal life but also pretty much a metaphor to describe Jesus’ death and resurrection. Like Jesus, the caterpillar encases itself in a cocoon, which seems like a tomb. Also like Jesus, the caterpillar “resurrects” from the dead and takes on its true form: the butterfly.
The lamb, similar to the butterfly, symbolizes Jesus and the act of sacrifice that He made in order to save humanity. The lamb portrays innocence and also purity, which are both characteristics of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist also referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
The chicken or the rooster is a common Christian symbol used in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands. The rooster stands for the time when Peter denied Jesus three times. Today, it serves as a reminder of the fact that Jesus knew what would happen next and that Jesus is Lord.
Flowers, especially lilies, are also used as Easter symbols because they symbolize purity, which, I believe, refers to the purity of Jesus when he died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.
Finally, we have the cross. The cross stands not only for Jesus’ death but also his resurrection. In meaning, the cross is also the Easter symbol that symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice and the ultimate redemption and salvation of everyone who believes in him. Also, the cross symbolizes Jesus’ triumph and God’s unfailing love and mercy.
If you are looking for resources for Easter be sure to see what is available at Memory Cross. We have a variety of origami cards that help children understand the meaning of Easter.
Do you know more Easter symbols not in this list? Feel free to share!
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