Holy Week 2023 - Easter Sunday
He is Risen!
Posted by: CDFWarrington on Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 6:16AM
What is Easter?
The Easter story is told in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books of the New Testament describe the events leading up to the crucifixion, the crucifixion itself, and the resurrection. The resurrection is proof of Jesus' divinity and validates His teachings about love, forgiveness, and salvation and His claims on who He is.
Christ's resurrection is celebrated by Christians around the world every year on Easter Sunday. His resurrection is a central tenet of the Christian faith. Jesus was crucified and buried on Good Friday, and on the third day He rose from the dead. This event is a symbol of hope and new life for Christians. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of humanity and paved the way for eternal life in heaven.
Easter is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In some countries, it is a public holiday, while in others, it is a more low-key religious observance. In many Christian traditions, Easter is the end of the season of Lent, which is a time of fasting, prayer, and repentance, during which Christians reflect on their own sinfulness and the sacrifice that Jesus made for them.
One of the most recognizable symbols of Easter is the Easter egg. This symbol dates back to ancient times when eggs were seen as a symbol of new life and fertility. In recent years plastic easter eggs called "Resurrection Eggs" contain items symbolizing the Easter story. These eggs have been used to teach children about Jesus' death and resurrection for our sins. "Resurrection Rolls" are also used as a way to teach the resurrection of Christ in a memorable way.
In addition to Easter eggs, there are many other traditions associated with the holiday. In some countries, it is customary to attend religious services on Easter Sunday. These services often include special music, prayers, and sermons that focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In other countries, people participate in parades, festivals, and other cultural events to celebrate the holiday.
The resurrection of Jesus is a central part of the Christian faith. It is seen as a symbol of hope and redemption, a victory over sin and death, and compelling evidence for the truth of Christianity. While there are those who question its veracity, many scholars and theologians argue that the evidence supports the reality of the resurrection. Ultimately, the resurrection has inspired countless people throughout history to live their lives in service to others, and to believe that there is life beyond this world. Easter is a time of great significance for Christians around the world. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity and to celebrate the hope and new life that His resurrection represents. Whether through religious observances or cultural traditions, Easter is a time to come together with family and friends and to celebrate the joy, love and hope that the holiday represents.