Why Celebrate Easter?

March 24, 2016

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Easter sheds a new light on our day-to-day celebrations and activities. From ritually attending church on Sundays, showing extravagant generosity to a neighbor, to even our elaborate Christmas celebrations – none of these things that we often find commonplace would exist if not for Easter. The story behind Easter must be significant, monumental even, to still have such a lasting impact three-thousand years later.

The biblical account of Jesus’ life and walk on earth is inspiring and influential, stirring all those who hear it to live differently, but Jesus’ remarkable journey has stood the test of time because of its glorious finish:

Luke 24 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Has Risen
24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen!”

He has risen! We have cause to join together with our church families because He has risen. We rejoice in His birth at Christmas because He has risen. We live differently and love differently because He has risen. How wonderful it is to have the hope that every perceived ending is simply a more beautiful beginning?

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