Understanding the True Meaning of Easter
How does your family celebrate Easter? Do you go to church or have a big meal at your home and invite all the family over? Do your children have fun with an Easter egg hunt? Whatever you do on this day, it pays to take time to understand the true meaning of Easter.
Whether you just need a reminder for yourself, or you want to explain it to your children, or to another adult who may not celebrate, it’s important to understand the meaning of Easter. It’s about more than bunnies and baskets, chocolate, or decorative eggs.
When asking about the true meaning of Easter, the answers you get may vary. This is because different people and different religions have varying ideas on what Easter is really all about. For most who are spiritual, it’s a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after he was crucified.
He is Risen!
Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah. You can read more about it in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24 of the Bible. Early Christians began celebrating Easter ever since its occurrence. A special day was officially declared later to celebrate, but the problem was in deciding if it should be on a weekday or always on a Sunday.
It was eventually decided that Easter would be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox, which changes from year to year. This is why Easter is celebrated on a different day each year, rather than always on the same date, like Christmas.
Sometimes traditions get in the way (fun as they may be) and we forget what the holiday is really all about. If you are Christian, you can remember the true meaning of Easter by telling the story, re-reading Bible scripture related to the resurrection, attending church services, and taking time to pray and reflect on what the significance of the day is.