Eggs have for many years been associated with Easter as a symbol relating to new life. They have also had a powerful connection in terms of the resurrection, a word that requires some care and reflection with regard to its interpretation. We cannot think of Jesus’s resurrection as simply resuscitating Jesus back to life, as in the scriptural accounts of Lazarus and the widow’s son in the town of Nain. The resurrection is about transformation. So why eggs at Easter?
Eggs come in many shapes and sizes and their appearance is quite bland. However, there are some eggs that have significant prominence within the elite collectors of objets d’art. The eggs that I refer to are those commissioned by Peter Carl Fabergé, which were inextricably linked to the glory and fate of the last Romanov family. In 1885, Emperor Alexandra III, through the intermediary of his uncle, Grand Duke Vladimir, commissioned an Easter egg from Fabergé as an Easter gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. The egg was to resemble a “shell” enamelled in gold to represent a normal hen’s egg, and an inner to reveal a gold yolk, which in turn opens to produce a gold chicken that also opens to reveal a replica of the Imperial Crown from which a miniature ruby egg was suspended. From something so bland in appearance, the work of a creative mind can form an egg of much beauty.
There are many symbols such as the egg or the seed that help us to understand the significance of the resurrection because they become something else, totally unforeseen and beautiful. The egg becomes a chicken; from an acorn a mighty oak will grow. A newborn baby growing into maturity and adulthood where he or she is the same, but different and new beauties are formed.
The resurrection at Easter is an invitation to us all to look around and to see transformation. What is evil being changed; what appears inactive like an egg or a seed sprouting new life. The apostle Paul encapsulates this depth of meaning when considering the resurrection when addressing the church in Corinth; “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
Christ is risen, he has risen indeed alleluia; Jesus has promised to take us with him. This life is not the end; we too can be transformed into endless life and beauty. The human life whilst good as it is, it will come to an end. However, the resurrection gives us hope and meaning to our existence now by assisting in furthering the work of the kingdom of heaven. In our weakness will be raised to glory because as Paul says; “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” 1 Corinthians 15:42-44.
May this Eastertide be a true blessing for you all so you are inspired to live your life as witnesses to the hope of the resurrection.