March 30, 2013

The Meaning of Easter- What does it mean to you?




Easter did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre.
Goddess of Spring
When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ's resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became know as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation.

Today, the meaning of Easter, for million of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him. 

 
Happy Spring

2 comments:

  1. For me it's about celebrating Christ's Resurrection and the new hope and life that brings. Christians have chosen to do this during the Easter season but we also do it all year long. Have a blessed Easter ~*~Lisa

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