Message from our Minister
There is a lot of confusion regarding what Easter Sunday is all about. For some, Easter Sunday is about the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. Most people understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection is related to the Easter eggs and Easter Bunny.
Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to Easter Sunday. What occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Church mixed the celebration of Jesus' resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19). Jesus' resurrection is the most high holiday of Christian worship and worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appro- priate for Jesus' resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus' resurrection is celebrated should not be confused with other Easter traditions. Easter or spring celebrations are certainly something to celebrate especially coming out of a very severe winter. But as followers of Christ the celebration of Jesus' resurrection over shadows all other celebrations. Many Christians feel strongly that the day on which we celebrate Jesus' resurrection should not be referred to as "Easter Sunday." Rather, some- thing like "Resurrection Sunday" would be far more appropriate and biblical.
For the Christian, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus' resurrection.
By all means, we will celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christ's resurrection is something that should be celebrated every day, not just once a year. Actually every Sunday wor- ship is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
As we celebrate Easter Sunday, let’s not allow the fun and games of Easter to distract our attention from what the day is truly all about—the fact that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that His resurrection reminds us that each of us are called to walk in newness of life living forth God’s resurrection power.
Let’s get ready to Celebrate!