The Easter lily (lilium longiflorum) is a Christian tradition. White lilies adorn church altars, home hearths and store windows for Easter. Their sturdy stems reach upwards, topped by bunches of pristine blooms, which open to reveal gold-tipped centers.
Why do we exchange white lilies each year at Easter? What do these fabulously fragrant flowers have to do with Resurrection Sunday!
What makes Easter special?
Easter is the hallmark of the Christian calendar.
Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) would be nothing but lovely stories of a good teacher.
Without His crucifixion and victory over the grave, the entire New Testament would probably not have been penned at all. To what would the testament testify, without the promise of new life in Christ?
Although Christians love to celebrate Christmas and other holidays, nothing beats Easter.
As spring arrives, with the first appearance of green growth outdoors and animal babies arriving all around, our hopeful expectations arise. Spring is coming. Days are growing longer and warmer. And Easter is here, along with the reminder that Jesus conquered death, so we can trust Him for everlasting life.
The Easter lily offers an excellent reminder of this promise.
The lily: A symbol of new life
My favorite flower is the lily. I have lilies in every color in my garden red, pink, yellow, orange, and even white Easter lilies. One of my favorites is the orange and black tiger lily, because it reminds me of my grandfather. We used to call him "Tiger," because he was so strong. He loved tiger lilies. Still, the lily I love best is the pure white Easter variety.
These elegant flowers are super symbols of joy, new hope, and new life and the resurrection of Jesus.
Lilies and many other spring flowers (daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and more) grow from bulbs. A bulb does not look like much. A dried-out lump, it somewhat resembles a potato. The gardener buries a lily bulb in the earth and then waits. When the time is right, the flower pops up with its beautiful blooms. What once seemed dead has burst into beautiful, colorful, fragrant, vibrant life.
The Easter lily: Power and purity
The pure white lily gives us a wonderful picture of Jesus. When the Lord died and was placed in the tomb, it looked like the end of the story. However, three days later, He blasted through death in triumph.
That's why we decorate our homes and church with white lilies at Easter. The beautiful, white flowers are a perfect symbol for our beautiful, pure and perfect Savior. And the trumpet-shaped blossoms remind us of Jesus' victory over sin and death.
Easter lilies in Gethsemane
According to Christian tradition, white lilies appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane, the night Jesus was arrested. The Lord prayed so hard that He sweat drops of His own blood. Legend has it that the lilies grew up where His drops of blood landed on the ground. In addition, many believe these elegant white lilies were also found near his empty tomb, after He rose from the dead.
Trumpets of victory
When Jesus returns in victory, the angels' trumpets will announce His coming. Throughout the Bible, the sound of a trumpet speaks of triumph in battle.
The trumpet-shaped Easter lilies remind us that Jesus rose from the dead and that we can live forever with Him.
The lily: A flowery reminder
The word "lily" even may serve to remind Christian believers about their commitment to Jesus Christ. If you believe in Jesus as your Savior and Lord, and you have invited Him into your heart to begin a personal relationship with Him, then you might say that the
This decision marks a new beginning, as described by the Apostle Paul, when he wrote, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17) And what could stand as a purer reminder of this hopeful new start than a striking white Easter lily?