The True Meaning of Easter

by Tim O’Hare

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This weekend, we will celebrate Easter, a holiday that, like many others in America, has been over-commercialized, so much so that we often forget the real meaning of Easter.

Easter Sunday — Resurrection Sunday — is the day set aside to remember Christ’s resurrection from death. Friday, we’ll honor Good Friday, in remembrance of the day Christ was crucified for all mankind. Easter Sunday is the celebration Christ defeating death. It’s more than a story of good overcoming evil, it is the epitome that storyline.

It’s more than a story. It is truth.

What is this truth? That God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to be born of a virgin, live a sinless life and die as a sacrifice for the sin of all men. It is through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection three days later that we have hope of eternal life after life here on earth ends.

Jesus was the greatest gift ever given — His birth we celebrate on Christmas. It’s the mercy in His sacrifice we remember on Easter. He paid the penalty of sin that separates us from God. And in His resurrection, he defeated death, overcoming the grave, giving us the opportunity to live eternally in heaven with Him. All you have to do is believe. By believing in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ to cover the gap between you and the perfect God, you too can have eternal life.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’” John 11:25-26

Happy Easter!