|One of three sites believed to be Christ's Tomb.|
It’s easy to miss the Christian meaning of Easter the Celebration. Many schools and offices are shutdown, and families go on vacation. Children receive Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and dyed hard boiled eggs. The date generally coincides with the coming of spring, and people look forward to warmer weather and pretty flowers.
In Christianity Easter also signals a new beginning. In his 2009 Easter benediction Pope Benedict XVI said, “The resurrection of Christ is our hope!” It sends a message of new beginnings. Christ died on the cross for our sins. After three days he arose from the dead, and walked among the people. He met with the disciples and ate with them, and gave them instructions.
The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith. Theologians agree this is the most important event among Christian religions. The various denominations may not agree on how or when to celebrate Easter, but they all agree Christ was crucified, died on the cross, and after three days arose from the dead. In so doing, his giving forgave man for their sins, and offered eternal life.