Easter commemorates the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christianity – A Religion Of Peace – Celebrating Jesus.
Religion Shapes Culture
Easter for some is just a bank holiday; for others, it represents so much more. Christians all over the world commemorate the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Son of God.
Jesus ate his last meal with his disciples on Thursday; this is known as “the last supper” or “the Lord’s supper”. Jesus shared his final meal with his disciples the night before he was arrested. Jesus blessed and broke bread and passed pieces of it to his disciples and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body.”
Jesus then took a cup of wine, gave thanks, then shared it with his disciples and said:
“Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
These biblical passages recounting the acts and sayings of Jesus at the last supper constitute the practice of Christian Communion in churches all over the world to this very day.
Good Friday And Easter Sunday
During Thursday night, Jesus was arrested by the Romans, and on Friday (Good Friday) Jesus was condemned, nailed to a cross, crucified and died. Before his death, Jesus told his Father to forgive those who killed him, saying:
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!
Jesus forgave the very people who condemned him to a brutal and excruciatingly painful death.
That was Jesus’s message, his life’s works and teachings – forgiveness and love for all mankind.
On Sunday, the third day, the day of Easter, Jesus rose from the dead. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary visited Jesus’s tomb; then there was a violent earthquake. An angel of the Lord descended from the heavens, rolled back the stone covering the tomb entrance and invited the women to look inside where Jesus lay.
The angel then said to the women:
“Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.”
The two Mary’s went to the other disciples and told them what happened, so they all went to Galilee, to the mountain that Jesus had told them to go. There, they found him arisen from the dead.
Jesus told them:
“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
The biblical account of Jesus dying for the sins of mankind, then rising again is a message of salvation and a personal closeness to God through him. Jesus, a man of peace, a man of forgiveness, a man who even loved those who condemned him to death. Jesus Christ is the founder of the Christian faith and from that faith sprung a Christian culture, one that endures more than two thousand years after his ascension into heaven.
Whether you are religious or not, it really does not matter; it does not matter if you are a practising, nominal, cultural, or agnostic Christian. It does not even matter if you do not believe in Christianity in the grand scheme of things. What matters is the culture that has sprung from Christianity.
Christianity truly is a religion of peace, tolerance and a love for all. Christianity is the foundation of western civilisation, and that, whether you believe in Christianity or not, is something we should all be proud of, something we can identify with and something never to be ashamed of.
God bless you all, thank you for your continued support, and Happy Easter!