True meaning of Easter

Published 9:14 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter has just passed, and the weekend calendar was populated by sunrise church services, Good Friday services and Easter egg hunts.

The Easter egg hunts can be fun, but I wouldn’t look for the true meaning of the holiday in an egg, a bunny or an abundance of candy. Easter is truly about celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Dr. John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California, has noted that resurrection is the cornerstone of Christianity, the foundation of the gospel.

“The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the provision that guarantees for us that we need not be risen to eternal damnation but can be risen to eternal life,” he said. By coming to earth and dying on the cross, Jesus gave us the opportunity to escape hell and to escape from the bondage of sin if we trust in Him for our salvation, form a relationship with Him and live our lives in accordance with His teachings found throughout the Bible.

In the historical accounts of Jesus’ earthly ministry found in the Bible, He told his disciples that He would be crucified and would be resurrected, but resurrection was no more common then than it is now, and they did not understand.

As is recorded in the 16th chapter of the book of Mark in the Bible, some women went to anoint Jesus’ body after His crucifixion. “Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed,” the passage reads. “And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.’”

Titus Mohler  is the sports editor for The Charlotte Gazette  and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. His email address is Titus.Mohler@ TheCharlotteGazette. com.