“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here! He has risen!”
Easter eggs and bunnies and a time for new hats and clothes! Easter is an exciting time of year … but how and why did it all come about?
THERE WAS A BIRTH
“…today in the town of David, a Savior has been born … He is Christ the Lord.”
THERE WAS A LIFE
…that demonstrated love, giving, and care. There was an arrest, a trial, a mocking, a crown of thorns, a death on a cross.
THERE WAS A REASON
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus Christ came to earth so that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. He also came to die and shed His blood as a substitute in our place. Today, after more than 2,000 years, there are millions who by faith have put their trust in Christ.
THERE WAS A RESURRECTION
“very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb…but when they looked up they saw that the very large stone had been rolled away and they were alarmed…. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified? HE HAS RISEN.” What a triumphal truth.
THERE WILL BE A RESURRECTION
“Let not your hearts be troubled … I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3
Since back in the eighth century, Easter has been a Christian festival designed to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is observed on varying dates due to different calendars, on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon. (Paschal Full Moon is the fourteenth day of the Lunar Month occurring on or next after March 1, according to a fixed set of Ecclesiastical calendar rules and without regard to the real moon. In 1892, the Paschal Full Moon was established by the Ecclesiastical rulers.)
Winter is over, Spring is here. God’s creation resurrects. The flowers bloom, the trees leaf and the sun shines more. This is a festive time, but let us not forget to praise God from whom all blessings flow, and thank Him for His gift of love, and life, and for providing a way for us to have peace on earth for the present and a heavenly hope for the future.
May you have a dressed-up, wonderful
Easter with your family and friends,