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The True Meaning of Easter


“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:26-30

We tend to think of Easter as egg hunts and bunnies that seem to populate before our eyes. I used to think of it as a time for family, my aunt’s potato salad, and my grandfather’s grilled steaks. As grandchildren, we clamored to find the plastic egg with the silver dollar, even though we were all guaranteed one. I can recall my nana giving me strong hints as to where the plastic eggs were hidden as she did to all who were not as savvy at finding the coveted egg. I never paused to give Easter much thought beyond these trivial and vain pursuits.

Our society follows the same path and pursues everything but God during this time. The advertisements are geared towards Reese’s pieces and Easter baskets. We get so lost in worthless amusements that we forget the reason for the season. Though sadly many have no understanding, Christians celebrate Easter to honor the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior.

Will you remember the sacrifice that was made for you? Will you mourn with joy that He loved you enough to send His son? Will you look past the bunnies and look into the true meaning of Easter? Will you come to know the power of His blood, and will you trust in it for your salvation?

Why will we celebrate Easter this Sunday? May we remember that His work is finished, and that He willingly died for us. His life was not taken, Jesus Christ gave it for the salvation of mankind. May we come to remember the sacrifice of our Lord and lay aside the amusements that sidetrack us from Him.

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