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In our opinion: Easter rightly holds a unique place of importance among Christian believers

Nowhere in Christian faith is bright hope and deep conviction more evident than in relation to the events that are memorialized and commemorated as part of the Easter celebration.
Nowhere in Christian faith is bright hope and deep conviction more evident than in relation to the events that are memorialized and commemorated as part of the Easter celebration.
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When it comes to holiday celebrations, Easter holds a unique place of importance among Christian believers.

In a world that seems to be exploding with a continual stream of new knowledge and scientific information, it is easy to conclude that all truth should be susceptible to scientific proof. After all, scientists just confirmed and measured the existence of gravity waves — one of the most elusive yet anticipated and hoped-for scientific achievements of our time.

However when it comes to the realm of faith, the five senses and laboratory experimentation do not provide the same conclusive evidence that the realm of science can produce. Despite believers who may desire to prove that their faith is founded on irrefutable evidence, in the end the best they can offer is a bright hope and deep conviction that what they believe is true. Nowhere in Christian faith is this more evident than in relation to the events that are memorialized and commemorated as part of the Easter celebration.

It is at Easter that Christians declare their profound belief that Jesus Christ allowed himself to experience the pain of Gethsemane and to be crucified on the cross in order to take upon himself the sins and the pains of all humanity. He then rose from the grave on the third day, thus breaking the bands of both death and hell for all mankind. Even after more than 2,000 years later these claims and events still defy scientific proof or irrefutable evidence for much of the world’s population.

And yet Christian faith continues to endure and to influence the daily lives of hundreds of millions around the world.

One of the keys that makes Christian faith more than just a passive system of virtuous belief is that Jesus invited all mankind to “follow me” and to claim the blessings that he promised. In order to help his followers do this, he outlined a set of values and behaviors that if followed would allow them to become like him. These are summarized in his most famous sermon commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount where he taught about a number of virtues including being meek, forgiving and generous and loving toward others. These attributes encompass what is generally meant by being “Christ-like.”

While some would try to leverage Christian faith for political, economic or other purposes, the real power and virtue of Christian faith is founded on a deep personal belief that Christ died for all mankind, and that through his death and resurrection there is hope for eternal salvation in a glorious heavenly kingdom after we die. This promised blessing is available to all those who will follow him and become like him.

The celebration of Easter focuses on this most fundamental belief of Christianity. It is founded in hope, and the strength of this faith is evidenced by the daily acts of those who are striving to become more like Jesus. Easter embodies this hope and faith, which is why it rightly holds such a unique place of importance among Christian believers.