THE REAL MEANING OF EASTER
This weekend across the world of Christendom, in churches and holy places of worship, the pews will be filled with worshipers, traditionalists and spectators. For many this will be the first return to Church since New Year’s Sunday and will be the last until thanksgiving or even Christmas Sunday.
Although tainted by the corrupt elements of colored hardboiled eggs and bunnies, Easter still holds it’s true meaning for many. For many, Easter is a time of celebration, but the ways they choose to celebrate is a far cry from the true meaning of Eater. Many young people will loose their virginity and some will become parents to illegitimate children. Others will do drugs and alcohol for the first time and develop a lifelong habit of substance abuse. Countless more will find themselves at nightclubs and house parties, gyrating their bodies and subjecting their spirits to the carnal praise of satan. Not to mention, the innocent children that will venture out on egg hunts and participate in costume competitions, all in the name of celebrating Easter.
Some of the greatest atrocities of deception will be played out against many millions of unsuspecting and uninformed Christians. Don’t be one of them!
Contrary to the erroneous yet popular interpretations of Easter, Easter is not about partying, eggs and bunnies, but Easter is about the celebration of the death and the resurrection of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. The bible tells us in Psalm 51: 5 saying; Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
According to this text, we were all born with the terminal illness of sin, present in our heart and were sentenced to death because of it. But, because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ our Lord, those who believe have been granted the gift of eternal life. John 3:16-17 says it best: 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Knowing this is truly a cause for great celebration.
When Jesus died, He destroyed the powers that the enemy had over us. Hebrews 2: 14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Knowing that we don’t have to die and go to hell because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, is great cause for celebration. There should not be a single soul that lives who is not giving sovereign worship and outrageous praise unto God.
Equally important as the death of Christ, is His resurrection from the grave. Having conquered death, hell and the grave, Jesus arose triumphantly and victoriously with power, on the third day, just as He said. Because Jesus lives, we too can live. This is why Christians celebrate Eater.
By: Bishop Isaiah Musgrove.