Easter is perhaps the most special of Christian holidays. While the beauty of the spring is in full bloom and children search for pastel-colored eggs among the green grass, the real importance is found in the hope we have in Christ’s resurrection. Even as the world awakens from winter, we too will live again because Christ lives. Find greater meaning in celebrating Easter Sunday this year.
Why Do We Celebrate?
Many cultures celebrate some form of festival as spring returns to the land. Yet, Christians have a unique reason to rejoice beyond the changing of the seasons. When Jesus died on the cross, it was to set us free from the slavery of sin. His resurrection three days later is the proof that he is victorious. Because he lives, we can have confidence that we too can have life in Him.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24:1-3 (ESV)
On Easter Sunday, we remember the cross that Jesus was crucified on, but even more, we remember the angels who announced, “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:6 ESV). Easter is a celebration of life, a life that we can have for all eternity with Christ if we trust in His promises.
Where Does the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs Come From?
If Easter Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, where did the idea of an Easter bunny hiding eggs for children to find come from? Historians trace the roots of this springtime tradition to the 13th century in Germany. The German “Osterhase” was a fabled bunny with the ability to lay eggs. Children would make nests for the bunny to lay its eggs, a tradition that later transformed into brightly colored baskets lined with grass. The tradition was likely brought to America in the 1700s by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania.
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Movies to Watch with Your Family This Easter
“I Beheld His Glory” presents the Easter story through the eyes of a Roman centurion who witnessed the events unfold before him.
“The Gospel of John” is a movie presentation of the Gospel with the first ever word-for-word rendition of the Gospel of John in video. The events of Jesus life unfold before you as you hear the Gospel of John and see it brought to life.
“Three Days That Changed The World” is a short film following a man who has had little time for spiritual things who begins to rethink his priorities as a parent.
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