No matter your religion, you’ve probably celebrated Easter, or a version of it, in some capacity. But, have you ever stopped to think about the importance of the holiday? Now that we’re into February, Easter is rapidly approaching. Before we celebrate this year, we want to help you understand why this holiday is so important to our community. This week’s Encounter Church blog is here to break it down for you.
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The History of Easter
Before we can understand why it’s important to celebrate Easter, let’s first discuss some of the history behind the holiday. Easter is a holiday of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which occurred on the third day after his Crucifixion.
After Jesus was crucified, his body was taken down from the cross to be placed in a cave, which was guarded by Roman soldiers and an enormous stone, to ensure no one could get to the body.
On Sunday (three days after crucifixion), Jesus’ disciples visited the tomb to find that the stone had been moved and that Jesus’ body was gone. Some report that he was seen that day by Mary, and then for 40 days afterwards by the disciples.
Christians believe that the Resurrection was a sign that God raised Jesus from the dead so that he could accept Jesus’ sacrifice for the redemption of sin and that mankind was forgiven.
As for the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs, this part of Easter celebrations symbolizes new life and rebirth.
What Does This Mean In Modern Day?
Easter is still a very relevant holiday — one of the most important on the Christian calendar. It is a reminder of God’s sacrifice of his son, as well as God’s love for all of his people. Easter celebrates Jesus rising from the dead, and symbolizes the opening of Heaven and eternal life for everyone.
How Should You Celebrate?
When it comes to Easter celebrations, there are a variety of options as to how you can do so. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate, but Encounter Church has provided some of our favorite suggestions below.
Decorate Easter Eggs and Hold an Easter Egg Hunt
One of the most traditional and entertaining ways to celebrate Easter is to decorate eggs and hold an egg hunt, especially if you’re celebrating with children. Head to the nearest grocery store and pick up an egg-dyeing kit and get to work!
You can either choose to decorate them using a religious theme, that pays homage to Jesus’ resurrection, or include fun, bright colors with designs of your choosing. We encourage you to set the phones down, turn the TV off, and really get engaged in all of your egg-dyeing activities, as this will make for the most fun and meaningful celebration.
Make an Easter Brunch
If you’re a big fan of breakfast or brunch, why not try your hand at making a delicious spread for those you’ll be celebrating with? Maybe you already have some favorite dishes in mind to include, or maybe you’re looking for new, delicious recipes to include. A quick Google search will provide you with endless options when it comes to brunch menus! And, if you’re a fan of deviled eggs, why not turn those freshly dyed eggs into a delicious treat to add to your brunch spread?
If you’re looking to incorporate Jesus into your brunch, we recommend holding a prayer session before you begin your meal. This helps your guests remember the reason for the celebration, and brings you closer together during your festivities.
Hold a Family Bible Study
One of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter is to hold a family Bible study! Whether you want to create more of a Bible “lesson” based on your favorite Bible verse, or you want to study different parts of the Bible, any way you choose is acceptable.
For younger children, we recommend including some fun and unique games or activities to ensure they are actively engaged in the material you are teaching. Again, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. The important thing is that you’re having fun and continuing to learn more about the Resurrection.
Make an Easter Cake
If you’re looking for a fun way to get the whole family involved, baking an Easter cake can be the perfect way to do so. Not only do you get to spend time decorating, but you’ll also get to enjoy a delicious treat after your cake is complete!
The options are endless here, as you could create a simple, pastel-colored cake with some Easter-related decorations as the topping, or you could get a bit more advanced and aim to create an Easter bunny or a traditional lamb cake.
Attend a Safe Socially Distanced Church Service or Attend Online
One of the most important aspects of Easter is coming together with those around us to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. With everything going on in the world, it’s more important than ever that we stick together and thank Christ for all that we have. That’s why we recommend attending a church service this Easter, whether virtually or in-person.
Not only will attending a service help connect you with God, but it will also help connect you with other members of our non-denominational church in Denver. There’s no doubt that this past year has been extra hard, so we could all use an extra shoulder to lean on. Join us in our celebrations at Encounter Church to make this Easter one to remember!
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The world we live in right now is a crazy one. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we take time to stop and think about the sacrifices that Jesus has made to get us to where we are. Despite the challenges we’ve all faced in recent months, we have so much to be grateful for.
Easter is a time for not only understanding why we should be thankful for what we have, but it’s also a time to come together with family and friends and create new, fun traditions that you’ll continue for years to come. We hope you’ve found this list of ideas helpful, and we hope to see you for our Easter services on April 4th at 8:30, 10:00, or 11:30 am. For any questions or to join our non-denominational church in Denver, reach out to Encounter Church today!
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