But have you ever wondered why we indulge in Easter eggs at this time of year?
Easter is a very significant date within Christianity and is the foundation of the Christian faith. Jesus, the son of God, fulfilled prophecy and through his death, has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who believe in his death and resurrection. According to the Bible, Jesus was then resurrected and came back to life on Easter Sunday. This is the
most important day in the Christian calendar.
Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there’s a full moon in Spring. The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. The date of Good Friday changes every year. However, the day is always observed on the sixth day of the Christians’ Holy Week and two days before Easter Sunday. On this day, Christians take part in Good Friday prayers and reconcile with others. Many Church services are held in the afternoon, usually between noon to 3 pm, to remember the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Undoubtedly most Christians perceive the day as “good” because the message of Easter is of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil.
Indeed, the New Testament is also known as the Gospel, which is Greek for ‘Good News’. Easter shows people that perfect love always wins. In the end, whatever powerful people might try to do to silence love, God’s way is always stronger. Easter shows us that our mortal bodies die, but life for us continues. Easter shows us that we need not fear death. Death no longer has dominion over us. This holiday celebrates a complete reorientation of the universe. Love defeats hate. Hope defeats fear. Sacrifice defeats greed. Mercy defeats might. Life defeats death.
If you celebrate Easter, you are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But you are also celebrating God’s great love for us, a love strong enough to defeat death itself. Happy Easter to you all.