A Sunday School teacher asked her class of young children a very simple question, or so she thought. She asked, “What is Easter?”
Immediately many children raised their hands. So the teacher called on one to answer the question.
The sweet child replied, “Oh, that’s easy! It’s when the pilgrims and all your family gets together, eats turkey, and we’re all thankful.”
“Not quite, but nice try!,” smiled the teacher, and proceeded to choose a second child to answer the same question, “What is Easter?”
The second child replied, “Easter is when we have a big picnic and a parade and there’s fireworks at night!”
The teacher looked at the second child, shook her head, and tells him he’s also wrong.
Then a third child is selected to answer the question, “What is Easter?”
The third child smiles confidently and looks into the teacher’s eyes and says, “I know what Easter is.”
“Oh?” says the teacher, “Can you explain it please?”
“Easter is the Christian holiday that coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the last supper and Jesus was later deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples. The Romans took him to be crucified and he was stabbed in the side, made to wear a crown of thorns, and was hung on a cross with nails through his hands. He was buried in a nearby cave, which was then sealed off by a large boulder.”
The teacher smiles broadly with delight.
Then the child continues, “Every year the boulder is moved aside so that Jesus can come out … and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.”