Spring and Easter are often welcomed together. Easter photos are posted here as we wish you a happy Easter. Today’s post is mostly pictorial. Holy Week is winding down. Lenten season has ended,and spring allergies have started. Soon all of us homesteaders will be busy with do it yourself projects, garden planting, and many spring babies on the farms.
Holy week is a time that Christians set aside to honor and remember the sacrifice made for us. Jesus died on the cross, to save us and sacrificed his body so we could live an eternal life with God. It all began as Jesus tried to prepare his disciples for the end of his earthly life. He offered them the cup, saying that it was his blood. He offered the broken bread as a symbol of his body, sacrificed for us. Jesus invited them to continue the tradition of breaking the bread and drinking the wine in remembrance of Him.
Our Savior Died for Us
Jesus was killed using a technique called crucifixion. It was not unique to Jesus’s death. This was a common way to kill criminals at that time. Gory, painful and lengthy, Jesus suffered many hours on the cross.
“45Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” 47And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.”… Matthew 27:45 – 47 NIV Bible Translation.
Jesus’s body was placed in a tomb to wait out the sanctioned three days. A guard was posted at the tomb. But, three days later when the tomb was opened on Easter Morning, only the shrouds that had covered Jesus’s body remained in the tomb.
Chocolate and Fuzzy Bunnies?
Today’s Easter celebrations often include secular and non-religious symbols and traditions. The well loved Easter Bunny is one traditional symbol. The history tells of a German tradition involving a rabbit that laid colored eggs in nests prepared by children. It is believed that the tradition was brought to this country in the 1700’s by immigrants.
While I can’t completely argue with the addition of good chocolate to any celebration, I still am awed by the original story of Jesus’s Resurrection.
Easter egg hunts and Easter Egg Roll events are thought to be derived from the egg symbolizing the tomb where Jesus’s body lay. Eggs also symbolize birth, new beginnings, and new life, all of which we celebrate when we believe in Jesus as our Savior and confess this belief.
For a more complete retelling of the Resurrection of Jesus, refer to the Holy Bible, Matthew Chapter 26 to 28
and this link for a retelling of the Resurrection story.