WHAT DOES EASTER MEAN TO YOU?

This question was put to shoppers by a local television reporter. Most people said that Easter means a public holiday, an extended weekend, time off work to go camping. Others said it means Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Others spoke of its religious significance, and one woman said that for her Easter means sadness, a period of mourning. Christ Jesus had been crucified. Her Lord had suffered and died. For her, it was a tragedy.

I used to think that way, too, until I realized that to focus thought only on the crucifixion is to lose sight of the real meaning of Easter. The cross was only part of Jesus' experience, and it was not the end of the story. Jesus' life was not destroyed. While in the confines of a rock-walled sepulcher, he was demonstrating for the whole world that God is the Life of man; that man's life cannot be extinguished; and that man, the image of God, is the undying expression of Life.

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