How Should a Christian Celebrate Easter
Easter season isn’t just about painted eggs, baskets, rabbits, and things. As a Christian, the true meaning of Easter lies in Jesus’ Resurrection. Christians widely celebrate Easter because it represents the fulfillment of the prophecies and the revelation of God’s salvation for all human race. The story behind this holiday lies in the New Testament of the Bible, which narrates how Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities and later crucified. His Resurrection three days later marks the occasion of Easter.
The congregation is joyful over the risen Christ and the triumph of His most Holy Cross. The church is festively decorated. The priests’ vestments are white and gold. The Glory to God is restored. This joyous occasion is the principal festival of the Christian church year. Unlike the commercialized one-day celebration, Easter is an entire church year season wherein believers reflect and atone for their sins.
Although we commemorate the Resurrection through attending Sunday worship, this crowning truth of Christian life must be given extra emphasis. For Frank Heelan, his means of celebrating Easter is to pray, meditate, and reflect on the events leading and after Easter. Frank’s book on Resurrection Meditations, Stations of the Risen Christ, shares stations for Christians to meditate on during the Easter season. Unlike the Stations of the Cross during Lent, these new stations memorialize Christ’s crucifixion and Resurrection. Moreover, there are more ways you can commemorate Easter. Continue reading to know meaningful ways to celebrate Easter as a Christian.
Meditate on Christ’s Suffering
Meditate on the love of God expressed in the suffering of Jesus Christ. See, before Christ rose from the dead, He permitted Himself to experience great suffering from His people. Jesus suffered all of the details of His bitter passion. The agony in the Garden, the scourging at the pillar, crowning with thorns, carrying of Cross, brutal crucifixion, and the hours of agony as He hung on the Cross. And He suffered all of this for us, for our salvation. Thus, there is no other proper way to celebrate the joys of Resurrection without associating them to the sacrifice of Christ for us. Do not view it as merely a history, nor as to the suffering of a martyr but as the suffering of God’s only begotten Son who paid for our sins.
Meditate attentively upon the suffering of Jesus. He was not a wicked man; instead, He is God and man. Someone, who in order to complete the salvific plan, assumed our human nature and became like us, but free from sin. Despite the suffering, Jesus will do it over and over, all because He loves us.
Rejoice in the Resurrection
Easter is the perfect time to consider the daily implications of the Resurrection to your life as a Christian. The very purpose of the Easter season is to remind everyone, no matter what we face today, what we’ve been through, or what uncertainties the future hold, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is our Hope. He is more powerful than sin and death, and He makes all things new.
In one of Paul’s emphatic preaching, he declared, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so if your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14). If He is not alive right now, everything else is a fraud. The good news is that Jesus has indeed risen from the dead. It means you have been liberated from sin (Romans 6:9-11), you have a living hope (1 Peter 1:3), and you have eternal life (John 3:16). God’s not dead; we’re not alone, not ever. He lives! And may this truth soak deep, reminding you of God’s Word and promises.
As you rejoice in the Resurrection, the congregation hopes for even more children and families to know God through His Word. Use this holiday as an opportunity for evangelistic conversations. As Christians, we are called to share the good news of salvation with family, friends, coworkers, even strangers. And since the Resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith, the Easter season is the ideal time to reach the unsaved. Discuss the true meaning of Easter. Be God’s instrument to reach as many souls as possible. Celebrate Easter and have faith that you are changing many hearts.
Easter is a joyful occasion. It marks the day Jesus resurrected and appeared to many witnesses and His disciples, culminating His Ascension into heaven. However you celebrate Easter, remember that this is a day for joy and worship. What’s important is you discover the meaning behind the holiday and connect everything you do to Christ from this day forth. While Easter season has concluded, next year offers a time for you to apply these meaningful ways to celebrate as a Christian.