Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's time to rejoice again…..Easter is here!!!!

A maniquine depicting the "Passion of Jesus Christ (Image Courtesy: St. Anthony's Church, Vakola, Mumbai)

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, Christians prepare to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of his Crucifixion, because they believe they can rise again with him in new life on Easter.

Christians all over the World celebrate Easter
Christians believe according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion, is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Passion of Christ Jesus
Many would say it is the period of intense suffering in the life of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Crucifixion. To others the passion of Christ evokes images of gruesome punishment as depicted in movies such as Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of The Christ".

As we have it today, the Passion of Jesus would never have been transmitted through the centuries unless Jesus himself had not made it part of his Easter revelation. Historians of his time never mention it since Jesus was far too insignificant for their attention.

And even if he were significant, a story of crucifixion was not likely to be told. Only scattered references to crucifixion are found in the writings of Jesus’ contemporaries, who were repulsed by grisly tales of that barbaric act.

Easter celebrations
Christians make elaborate preparations to celebrate Easter which is the oldest of all Christian festivals. The Easter egg is associated as a symbol of Easter Sunday. The Easter eggs are specially decorated eggs given to freinds and relatives to celebrate the Easter holiday.

HAPPY EASTER to all!!!, or as the Norwegian’s say GOD PÅSKE!!!

1 comment:

Fredrik said...

Hi Mearl
Great details about Easter, but I just want to fill in with some more facts to it, if you don't mind :-)

Easter, as celebrated today, is actually not of Christian origin at all, but by merging old non-Christian traditions/religions (hare, eggs, chickens etc.) with the original one, the ancient church was able to convert a lot of the world to Christianity. The same tactics as they used with Christmas, which is not of Christian origin either.

Originally, the Easter was a continuation of the Jewish Passover, which from Jesus on lead to a new covenant and thus should be celebrated in a simple way, with a meal together with bread and wine in memory of Jesus Christ. Ref. the Bible 1.Chor. 11:20-26
When Jesus talked about he being the wine and bread, he meant it symbolically.

Most Christians know these facts about Easter and Christmas to day. So why are they still celebrating Easter in this way? I don't know. Maybe they just need something to celebrate regardless of the correctness of it? Or maybe they don't mind at all?

Anyway, take care and keep up the good work... ;-)

Try Google "origin of easter"