What is Easter to you? Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, egg hunts, spring break, spring flowers, pretty dresses, or church on Sunday? To me Easter is a complexity of emotions that can best be fit into an egg carton. Resurrection eggs have been at the center of our table and our hearts since my children were small. Each tiny item represents a part of the true Easter story as told in the bible. They begin with the celebration of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. People were shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes-in the name of the Lord!” Mark 11:9. The eggs go on to remind us of the betrayal from those close to Jesus, His teaching and prayer, accusation of uncommitted crimes, and then the mocking. Oh the mocking part breaks my heart. The terrible pain and terrible words from those in that crowd. If I can be honest, I see myself in that crowd. I can see how I would be. I see the stone in my hand ready to hurl, and I am not stopping anyone else either. I am ashamed to admit this, but I know myself and my sin. The same people that were praising Jesus as he rode through the streets of Jerusalem were now treating him in a terrible way. As those nails were driven through His hands and feet He could have stopped them or escaped the pain at any time, but He did not. It was the way it was supposed to be, and it was for you and I. As the pain and sadness and guilt of this entire story build to an unbearable level, though, there is GOOD NEWS! The final egg is empty! Matthew 28:6 “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said”. Jesus, being both God and man overcame sin and death. Just like the empty egg and the tomb, our hearts are empty and lifeless without Jesus, but when allowed in, Jesus fills our hearts with His Spirit and new everlasting life through Him! I am so grateful for this gift given to an undeserving me. Let me not waste it and always remember the empty tomb! Happy Easter to all!