Easter is a day that serves as a reminder to Christians of the sacrifice that their savior Jesus Christ made for them. It began as a day where we see people were faced with a surprise. The biggest surprise occurred on the third day after the death of Jesus when the stone was rolled back. Surprise! They were expecting to see a dead Savior. Instead, they were surprised to see an empty tomb. They knew he was there only a few days ago. What happened? God lifted his Son to save the world from their sins.
The world has modified the celebration of Easter to young people finding so-called hidden eggs colored in multiple colors. As a symbol of Jesus rising from the grave the eggs are discovered with shouts of glory “I found it;” The finder could then be saying they found the Spirit, in finding the eggs. In the Orthodox tradition, eggs are painted red to symbolize the blood that Jesus shed on the cross [Britannica]. Unfortunately, like Christmas, Jesus is an afterthought to many when, in reality, these days of celebration are to honor and remind us of Jesus, his birth, his death, and resurrection.
Christmas time at my house, before the “worldly celebration,” we gather and have one of the young people read in the Bible about the event of Jesus’ birth, as a reminder of why we are celebrating. Then we say a prayer, before each one begins to share their blessings and events of their year and the opening of gifts. In our own way, we are being true to the word when it says, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
It is said that the three days people celebrate most are Mother’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. In reality, many African Americans also celebrate Kwanzaa, between Christmas and New Year’s Day. However, we should celebrate Christ every chance we get.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!