8 March 2024

The Promise of Easter

Easter is a sacred part of the Christian calendar and is just around the corner.

For many people it’s about chocolate, retail sales, and holidays but there’s a lot more to Easter than that.

Christians believe Jesus was resurrected (saved) by God, his father, and that anyone who follows Jesus Christ in life will be saved and have eternal life. This is central to Christianity and the reason Easter is celebrated. Followers of Jesus celebrate his resurrection in many ways, attending church, taking a break, and exchanging Easter eggs, which represent new life and rebirth.

After his death and to keep his remains safe, his followers prepared his body for burial and placed it in a cave. They returned daily and on the third day Mary Magdalene found the cave open and empty. When she turned around Jesus was standing behind her, very much alive!

In the Bible’s Old Testament this amazing event was prophesized hundreds of years before.

Easter is a time to reflect on the meaning of life and the power of love and forgiveness.

Through the symbolism of Easter, we are reminded that no matter how dark things may seem, there is always hope in the power of resurrection and new beginnings.

Easter is also an opportunity to be thankful for what we have, to rest and spend time with the people we care about.

Happy Easter!

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