Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. He was crucified on a Friday and rose from the dead the following Sunday. He offered his life for forgiveness and redemption for our lives. In the early morning, after his death, women who were close to Jesus went to the tomb and found the stone rolled away but he wasn’t there and the angel announces “Don’t be afraid! I know your looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.” (Mathew 28:5-6)

In early Christianity, the Christian church moved the celebration of Easter to coincide with an existing pagan festival on the first full moon after the spring equinox, which is why Easter moves every year. In old pagan customs eggs were a symbol of new life and rabbits a symbol of fertility. The word Easter comes from the name for Anglo Saxon pagan goddess, Eostre, who was celebrated in spring. Easter is also celebrated at different times according to tradition. In the first century Christian churches decided to use different calendars. In most countries the name for Easter is derived from the word Passover.

I’m astounded by my research of these holidays. I feel as though Christianity was compromised with all the pagan traditions. It deters us from the true meaning of Jesus and what he has done for us. Our holidays are much more focused on bunnies, eggs, Christmas trees, lights, santa, chocolate heart candies etc. and festivities. What needs to be acknowledged is the price that Christ paid for our sins and that the Holy Father has sent his only son to sacrifice him for us. He paid the penance for our wrong doings. When I think of how he suffered for me, brings tears to my eyes. The pain he endured for my sins (and the sins of the world) is unimaginable! The appreciation I have and how thankful and grateful I am for his sacrifice, is beyond words. Jesus deserves the recognition, honor and praise for what he has done for all of us. Jesus is the reason for every season! Without the sacrificial lamb and the blood he shed for us, we would perish. He is the way, the truth and the life (John 4:6). Christ has died, he has risen and he will come again! Jesus had told his disciples that he and the Father are one (John 10:30). And no one will come to the Father except through me.

Have a happy and blessed Easter!

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