The Purpose of Easter

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What does the Easter Period represent?

As Christians, the annual celebration of Easter marks the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who, as we know was crucified and died for the forgiveness of our sins.

This alone, shows the love, courage and care that He has for us as his children and for this reason it is only right that we pay homage and show some respect onto him by celebrating his resurrection.

For this reason, we as Christians are expected to honour the full Easter period, also the last week of Lent- which consists of Passion Week (also known as Holy Week). The week in full includes; Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We also acknowledge Easter Sunday and Monday to end the Passion week.

Why is it called resurrection?

After being put to dead, Jesus rose again from the dead.
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14 (NKJV).
Jesus’ resurrection also stands as confirmation of him being the son of God. If we look back at when God sent Jesus Christ into the world- note that this was his ONLY son- it was to give us life, everlasting life.

And so John 3:16-17 (NKJV) reads; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Already, this shows the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, it is due to this that we as humans and sinners are even alive.

How can we live by Him?

Therefore, we know that Jesus Christ especially, was able to do this for us- and by this I mean die for our sins- so what more can we do for our fellow humans?
Of course, it is written in the bible; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35 (NKJV).

It may be hard but let us hold onto this. Forgive the sins of others, so that we too can be forgiven also. This means, not holding grudges or judging others for the mistakes they make.
We are also humans and are bound to sin, if Jesus Christ was able to (not judging) forgive us of our sins in the most outstanding way that He did, it shouldn’t be so hard for us to forgive ourselves.
During this Passion week and Easter period, I pray that God will continue to forgive us and cleanse our hearts.

God bless you all.

Author: Hannah Williams

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