Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter, More than Bunny's and Eggs

Easter is a sacred time for Christians throughout the world. However, like many religious traditions,
the meaning and symbolism of this Holy day has become commercialized.

Easter shares some of the tradition with Passover, but Easter is not Christian Passover any more than Passover is Jewish Easter. The central characters in both events involve Jews but beyond that the meaning and purpose move in separate directions.

Easter is representative of the Sunday following the crucifixion of Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph. Jesus was a prophet as well as the Christ, the One who was foretold in the scriptures.

According to our teaching, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose from the dead two days later on Sunday. We believe not only in his deity but also the resurrection of the body. Without the resurrection He was just another man.

There were no Easter bunnies. No one died chicken eggs and hid them. Chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs, while delicious are not mentioned in the Bible.

Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal. It is a time to reflect on our past and strive to make changes going forward.


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