I asked some kids at our local school the other day to find out why Easter eggs are hollow? Why don’t they have anything inside?
They looked at me with puzzled faces. Was this a test? A trick question?
I remembered back to a clown in my church. She took a huge bite out of the top of a chocolate egg. She looked inside it. She tipped it up and shook it so anything inside could fall out. She looked inside again, almost getting her eye covered in chocolate.
Then she looked at the person who had given her the egg, pointed to the egg, then shook her head. She pouted and stomped her feet. She threw up her hands and turned towards the exit.
But a little girl sitting near the front shouted,
‘An empty egg is the best surprise of all!’
The clown stopped. She turned around to the little girl.
The little girl continued. ‘An empty egg reminds us that the tomb was empty. It says ‘Jesus is not here. He is risen’. Jesus is ALIVE!’
Some of us take this news for granted.
We accept that this is what Easter is about: That Easter is when we remember that Jesus died on the cross, taking on himself everything bad that has ever happened, or ever will happen. We celebrate on Easter Sunday that Jesus defeated death. He came to life again – because He had never, ever done anything in His life to deserve to die.
But sometimes we get so caught up in remembering Easter and its traditions, that we protect our days off, or prevent others from watching the football, or going to the pub, or going to the races.
We forget that Easter isn’t about a particular day or weekend. It’s about the difference that Jesus’ death and resurrection makes in our lives every day.
This Easter, let’s not keep the wonderful news to ourselves. Let’s celebrate in the way we speak to people, in the way we behave, that Jesus is alive and lives in us everyday.
And let’s get others to know that ‘An empty egg is the best surprise of all!’