by Ernest Easley

The Difference That Easter Makes
Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 28.1-20

When it comes to Easter, there is a lot of confusion and we are partly to blame. We send mixed signals that cloud the truth. And for that reason, when a lot of people think of Easter, they think of a big male rabbit carrying around a basket full of colored eggs. And that in itself is confusing. For starters - rabbit's don't make nests nor do they lay eggs - especially colored eggs! It's enough to confuse adults.

There was a man driving his car the Saturday before Easter and thought he had run over the Easter Bunny and killed him. He actually thought that there wasn't going to be an Easter because he killed the Easter Bunny.

Well, a woman drove by and saw him weeping while standing over what he believed to have been the Easter Bunny. She asked him what was wrong. He said, ''I feel terrible. I accidently ran over and killed the Easter Bunny. What should I do?''

The Woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the little furry animal. Miraculously, the Easter Bunny came back to life, jumped up and hopped on down the road.

Fifty yards away, he turned around, waved, and hopped down the road another fifty yards and waved. He went another fifty yards and waved again.

The man was astonished. He turned to the woman and asked, ''What was in your spray can?'' The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: ''Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.''

We really are a confused society when it comes to Easter. And it's that confusion that prevents us from understanding the truth. Well in our time together, let's see if we can get our arms around the truth of Easter and the difference Easter can make in our life.

Take your Bible and turn with me to Matthew 28. Now if you don't have a Bibl ...

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