As of Friday, April 18, 2014
by Donna Homer
Every Easter Christians celebrate the victory by Jesus of his triumph over death, but along with this is the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, candy, etc.
So, what does all this have in common? Nothing! It is like Christmas, when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but are distracted by Santa Claus, Christmas trees, gifts, etc.
It is so confusing to me that the two most important Christian holidays are overshadowed with frivolous myths and, if we are real devoted Christians, we manage through all this to remember something of the real meaning of these holidays.
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the fun activities also, but wish there were more emphasis on the religious reasons for the celebrations.
Easter has an awesome story to tell. No one had ever been dead for three days, come back to life and after being back for several days (or maybe even weeks) rose above a material form of life into heaven.
And to think he did it all for us, so we would know there is life after death. The neat thing about Jesus, he didn’t just preach, he proved everything he taught!
He proved that the Christ, Truth healed sickness and sin. He taught this also to his disciples and expected everyone who believed on him to do likewise. In John 14:12, Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.”
Wow, think of that, we all have divine authority to pray and heal others in proportion to our belief and spiritual understanding.
On the subject of death he said, “whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:26)
Thus, we know that even though we seem to die, there is continuous life for us after our life on earth. In other words, Jesus proved to us that we are eternal, and that God loved us enough to send a saviour who would reveal all these things to us. So, we may rejoice that we, too, are the sons and daughters of God and as it states in chapter one of Genesis, God gave us dominion over all.
So, to make it brief, even if the Easter bunny and Santa Claus seem to dominate these holidays, we all have so much more to rejoice about and feel God’s all-embracing love for each one of us daily as we strive to emulate the life of our Way-shower.
- Donna Homer is a member of Sunnyside First Church of Christ Scientist.