Children will believe anything. Dad might announce, “Kids, I saved room in the garden for a row of jelly beans. Who wants to help plant them?” The house rocks with the stampede of feet heading out to join dad in the garden. Most of the seed is eaten during the planting, but a few beans make it into the soil.
How did jelly beans become part of the Easter celebration? I understand about the chocolate bunnies and eggs and such because ladies will invent holidays that must include chocolate in the festivities. But jelly beans?
Try this fun project with your kids or grandkids. Chose a handful of brightly colored beans and insert them into a somewhat straight row.
After the seeds are covered and watered the kids can go about their business, but you are not yet finished. Your job is to raise the excitement level. Grab a handful of beans from the kitchen cabinet and sneak back to the garden.
Disperse the beans along the same line as the now-buried jelly beans.
Push each bean into the soil up to the second knuckle on your index finger.
Smooth the soil so your mischievous deed is not detected.
Now sit back and wait for the magic to happen. Believe me when those little ones spot the sprouts in the jelly bean row there will be high times in the home place. The child-gardener will gleefully tell everyone about the upcoming crop and may want to experiment further, perhaps planting Cheerios® to see if donuts trees might grow.
Some readers may judge that this prank is unacceptable. It raises expectations that cannot be met. I must ask, “Did Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy or a host of super heroes with special powers figure into your child’s formative years?”
Parents sometimes fool kids while fueling tiny imaginations. My girls don’t seem to be damaged from past starry-eyed expectations of Santa’s visit. The Easter Bunny never caught on with Amanda and Michelle at all though with Grammy’s bountiful baskets of goodies year by year.
And that brings us around to Easter. Can we believe that a man named Jesus died after experiencing the cruelest torture anyone can imagine, that he was buried in a borrowed tomb, and that He walked out of that tomb very much alive three days later? Some say no. The story is to them as unbelievable as growing a jelly bean plant.
Does the resurrection of Jesus matter? What is the impact to Jesus-followers if, as some believe, the story was made up? Dr. Henry Morris writes in Many Infallible Proofs (page 97), “If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.” Morris adds further, “This was the greatest of all miracles, and could have been accomplished only if Jesus indeed is God, as He had claimed to be.”
Very strong and unsettling words! Morris is not the first to express the dire conclusion of casting away the resurrection of Jesus. Less than 100 years after the event Paul shared the same thoughts.
For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
1 Corinthians 15:13-19 NLT
Does irrefutable evidence exist to prove the resurrection? I believe the answer is unambiguously, “Yes!” Follow this link for a free white paper covering some of the research I’ve gathered on the topic. Please note that I have only scratched the surface in document. Analyze the facts of the resurrection for yourself, and make an informed decision.
Jesus died to rescue you and me from the penalty of our sins.
He was buried.
And He rose again the third day.