Easter is perhaps the most devout of all Christian holidays. The story of how it came to be is not a simple one. As we know, it involves politics of an ancient time, law breaking and a death supposedly to forgive everyone’s sins.
In my understanding of Easter, it is the sin thing that serves as the basis for the whole of the holiday. A regular Christian columnist on ChristianPost.com seems to agree with me.
In his article, Rev. Mark Creech, lists seven ways to interpret the meaning of Easter. Four of the seven are about being born in sin. They include guilt from this sin, how much God hates sin and how to live without sin. What I’ve heard called the “joy of Easter” is buried by all the sin in the story.
With this talk of sin, there is some irony that, culturally, the holiday has come to be one about Spring. The secular version of it is the song, “In Your Easter Bonnet”, bunnies and Easter eggs.
While every culture I’ve heard of has a Spring ritual, Christianity is the only one I know of that includes a bloody story. It is a credit to the story telling of the faith a tale so grusome could represent passage into the season of hope and optimism.
While people of faith enjoy Easter services, I think those without faith enjoy the arrival of Spring even more. They don’t have to feel guilty their sin caused a holy man’s death.
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