I realized I don’t ever write fun blog posts, so this is my best attempt at writing something fun… wish me luck.

As Easter approaches, I want to tell you the story about why the Easter Bunny hides Easter eggs so that you will look really smart and show all your friends how well you know history.  We all know the story about how Jesus died on the cross and on the third day rose again, marking the holiday we call Easter. What you never heard is that Jesus has an extra special affinity for chickens. Let me show you. Below are all the birds that are unclean — any other bird, including chickens are clean.

Leviticus 11: 13-19

13 “‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven,16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

Now, While Jesus did like chickens, everyone at the time knew that the real prize was the eggs. In fact, the law supported Jesus’ love of eggs. We can only assume that he ate them all the time.

Deuteronomy 22:6-7

“If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.

So what do we know?! Jesus liked the chickens for the eggs. Eggs are such a great food because there are so many ways to prepare them. You can have the scrambled, hard boiled, fried, poached, Benedict, etc.

You might recall from the crucifixion story that the crowd cheered and said that they WANTED Jesus to be crucified. What the authors of the Gospel forgot to tell you was that the religious leaders had spread rumors around Jerusalem that Jesus came to steal all of their eggs. The people of Jerusalem, who knew the value of eggs would not take that — hence their calls.

After Jesus was crucified and everyone was sure that he really was dead, people celebrated the salvation of their eggs. It wasn’t until Easter Sunday that people remembered that he promised that after he was killed he would be raised from the dead.

Sure enough, Easter Sunday came around, and just like Jesus said, he rose from the dead. This put all the people into panic. If Jesus was back, He was still going to steal their eggs! So everyone from Jerusalem made a plan that would keep Jesus from touching their eggs.

The teachers of religious law got together and searched the scriptures for any justification on why Jesus can’t touch the eggs. When none could be found, they made a conspiracy. While Jesus was in the grave, they would say, a miracle of sorts happened. Suddenly chickens stopped laying eggs. Now RABBITS lay eggs. Do you see the problem? Let me point it out:

Deuteronomy 14:6-7

6 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. 7 However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you.

Clever, huh? Rabbits are unclean animals; so if eggs come from bunnies, Jesus can’t take them! Word got out and all the people of Jerusalem started talking about how they couldn’t believe that we get eggs from bunnies now! They wanted to be sure that Jesus wouldn’t say that these eggs must have come from chickens because they look like chicken eggs, so all the people of Jerusalem took their eggs and colored them; some red, some blue, some yellow, some multi colored. Who has ever heard of a red chicken egg?! It must have come from a rabbit.

There was one more problem that the people of Jerusalem needed to solve before they could tell Jesus that eggs came from chickens: Jesus would still know they were chicken eggs if they were in the nest. So everyone hid their now colored eggs in their backyard. It was the perfect disguise. A bunny must have come in the middle of the night and laid these eggs, not chickens!

It’s now been 2,000 years since the egg fiasco, and yet we still hide Easter eggs every year. By now, everyone knows that eggs don’t really come from rabbits, but it is a subtle reminder for everyone on Easter Sunday to remember the holiday — for just one day a year, rabbits really do lay eggs, even if it is just for fun.

Yup, that really was my best attempt…. :-/