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The Meaning of Easter

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April 4, 2021 is Easter Sunday.  Easter is a lovely holiday, and often ushers in the Spring and new growth.  There are flowers, pastels, bunnies, eggs and chocolates!  It is a time to dress up and wear hats and spend time with family.

The Religious Side of Easter

But there is even more to Easter for some; it is a very religious holiday.  In fact, it’s the greatest holiday of the year for Christianity.  Easter is the basis, and pinnacle, of the Christian religion.  The Christian religion recognizes Easter as the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What does that mean?  The Christian doctrine teaches that Jesus is the Son of God.  And yet, he came to earth to be a man and live among men and women, to teach about God and heaven, to be an example to people, to live a perfect life, and to ultimately be a sacrifice for the sins of man.  His teachings about life and death angered the ruling authority.  And after many years as a teacher, leader, and prophet, he was crucified and died on the cross.  Ironically, this day is known as “Good Friday.”  Three days later, he rose from the dead.  The day of his resurrection is Easter Sunday.

The Christian religion states that what Jesus did on Easter demonstrated his power over death; he conquered death and is alive forevermore.  Because he overcame death, he is able to provide people with eternal life as well.  According to the Bible, all it takes is believing.

Such is the Christian view of Easter, as the ultimate expression of joy and celebration for what Jesus endured for mankind.

No matter what or how you celebrate, Easter is a holiday of new beginnings and hope!

Additional Resources

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and the resurrection, you can request books from our catalog by clicking this link.

If you would like to read more from the Bible, you can it request from our catalog by clicking this link.

There are many websites where you can read the entire Bible for free.  You can select your preferred version/translation/interpretation of the Bible here: https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/.

If you have any questions about what you have read, visit the website https://www.gotquestions.org/ for in-depth teaching on the Bible and Christianity as a whole.

Kelly

Kelly is a librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. As the Adult Programming Specialist, her focus is bringing adults the library programs they love.  (Kids can’t have ALL the fun!).  She reads strictly nonfiction and picture books.  She believes that anything you could ever need or want is located somewhere in the library.  Including friends.