By Raymond Harris
What Is Easter?
Easter is interpreted in many ways. Some see it having cute cuddly bunnies. Others see it revolving around an Easter Egg Hunt. Some see it as a Secular Day. Others as a Pagan Holiday. Still others as a Christian Holy Day. While understanding these differences is important, debating perspectives and theology is not the point of this article. Instead, we want to take the occasion to think about “What Is Easter?”
For many Christians, Easter is seen as the pinnacle of Holy Days. For them, Easter represents the risen Savior and Triumph over death. What a tremendously powerful image! Death is not final. Some might say. “What arrogance for some to believe that death is not final? After all, all things die.” True. But what is life?
Life seems to be much more than just delaying one’s demise. Life contains not only Love and Hate; but also Joy and Sorrow. Yet life demands that I be more than what I am (to prove that I am more than the sum of my parts). The dilemma is: how does one prove that they are more? Is that accomplished through one’s occupation? Through one’s education? Or is it through one’s dedication? How one answers these questions and one’s inner needs reflects what one believes and feels is important.
For some Christians, Easter demonstrates the Pinnacle of Dedication – revealing that death is not the end, only the beginning.
It is right and proper to discuss the concept of Easter: when it became church “tradition” and the theological and spiritual ramifications as such, but the point today is resurrection. Resurrection is simply the most powerful concept humanity can possess. Resurrection is not reincarnation; and reincarnation is not Resurrection. Resurrection is the uplifting of the being from the grave not the reconstitution self in another form.
Easter embodies and celebrates Resurrection.
Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15 that without Resurrection Christians are to be the most pitied people. Why? Simple stated: Resurrection one of the most central themes of Christianity. Resurrection is triumph over death and grave. And what glory it is for those who have their names written in the Book of Life. So one could respond to Paul’s statement as: without Resurrection what is the point of the Christian life? In short… none.
So, what is Easter? If it is not the Celebration of Triumph over Death!
Let us Celebrate.