Most people are completely unaware of how rapidly Easter approaches. As Easter is drawing closer, the thought of easter bunnies and colorful eggs that cover our front yards will soon be the dominant thought. However, Easter was when Jesus Christ rose from the dead more than two millennia ago. Today, you shall learn about Easter’s significance and why it is the core foundation of the Christian faith.
What is Easter Celebration?
Christian rejoices in the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the accomplishment of God’s salvific plan for all of mankind on Easter Sunday, which is observed as a national holiday in many countries. Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus’ victory over death and the promise of eternal life that He has given us. Because Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is without a doubt one of the most significant Christian celebrations.
While Lent, a month of fasting and abstinence, is followed by Easter, a time of remembrance and repentance for many Christian denominations. Lent lasts for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding with the commemoration of Good Friday, the day on which Jesus was crucified and nailed to the cross. Pope Gregory 1 instituted the 40 days following the 40-day pattern of Israel’s, Moses’, Elijah’s, and Jesus’ journeys in the desert during the first century.
Why Do We Celebrate Easter?
Easter is celebrated by people all across the world. The focus of traditional festivities in certain countries is on heralding the approach of spring, whilst in others, the emphasis is on religious observances. Some people view Easter as a time to spend with family and friends while indulging in copious amounts of chocolate.
Many individuals attend church services on Easter Sunday, even if religious participation is not a regular part of their lives. During the year, many Christians look forward to the celebration of Easter. When individuals are unfamiliar with Jesus Christ, it is usual for them to be perplexed as to who he is.
Perhaps it will be less difficult for you to convey the joyful news of Jesus’ death and resurrection when the holiday of Easter arrives. Our church commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have received through faith in Christ. Although we remind ourselves of this reality throughout the year, Easter is a particularly poignant time to do so.
Even if the name “Easter” has pagan origins and many Easter rituals are not scriptural, the essential objective of commemorating Easter is to remember and rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the days leading up to Easter, we relate the story of His horrific death on the cross. Jesus decided to die in this manner (Mark 10:45; John 10:18).
In this world, He was born as a baby to live a blameless human life and die as a sin sacrifice on our behalf. In remembrance of and thanksgiving for Christ’s death on the cross, we observe Good Friday, the day before Easter.
Jesus’ death is significant, but so is his resurrection. The triumph of Jesus over sin and death Jesus died and was buried at his crucifixion. He resurrected from the grave to prove He is who He claims to be and has completed His job on Earth. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Because He rose from the dead, we may trust Him and find new life in Him. Jesus’ resurrection proves God’s promise to revive us from the grave one day.
“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, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve,” “First James, then the other apostles, and ultimately me” (1 Corinthians 15:3–8). This basic reality is remembered and celebrated at Easter.
Easter celebrates Jesus’ victory and new life. Faithfully receiving Him, anybody can be forgiven of sins and discover new life in Him. Easter is a spring holiday; thus, it’s acceptable to rejoice. Just like spring offers new life after the death of winter, Jesus brings new life to those who were before dead in sin. Jesus’ everlasting life is a gift. We commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection every day, especially during Easter. Because He has risen, we may trust Him and worship Him all year.
Should Christians celebrate Easter?
Contrary to popular belief, Easter Sunday is often a source of Christian discord. Some Christians believe Easter has pagan roots or is so commercialized that it is wrong to celebrate it. For many, Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, making it one of the year’s most important events. Many Christians prefer the term “Resurrection Sunday” to stress that Easter is primarily about Jesus. Some Christians only participate in church-related events like Easter egg hunts and candy-filled baskets, while others enjoy the holiday’s broader community. Is it in the Bible that Christians must celebrate Easter?
The Bible does not explicitly address the subject of whether Christians should observe Easter and hence does not clearly answer this question. However, Christians should strive to celebrate Easter in a way that praises God and demonstrates thanks to him to the greatest extent possible (1 Corinthians 10:30–33).
The guideline for anyone who feels that Easter is a pagan goddess celebration or that it is in some manner a celebration of the idols of a godless society should be that they refrain from participating in Easter ceremonies. Those who feel free to celebrate Easter should keep their freedom under wraps as long as it does not cause a problem for another believer.
It is recommended that Christians avoid participating in some Easter traditions if doing so might jeopardize their religious convictions. Engagement in religious activities like the Paschal Triduum and Easter festivities can only be encouraged if they bring glory to God and bring us closer to him.
In conclusion, our most formidable opponent, death, has been overcome during the Easter Vigil. Easter serves as a reminder that we have been cleansed of our sins and that we have been reconciled with God through Jesus Christ. This year’s Easter celebrations remind us that Christ is certainly the king and conqueror, seated “far above every rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is pronounced,” and “far beyond every other name that is uttered” above all other names (Ephesians 1:21). Easter brings the promise of new life, new beginnings, and new days.