Views: 290 Genyingi Kwaku Philip – Winneba, C/R. This story is written on the merit to enlighten Christian faith across the globe. The writer by name ...
Genyingi Kwaku Philip – Winneba, C/R.
This story is written on the merit to enlighten Christian faith across the globe.
The writer by name Genyingi Kwaku Philip is a staff (Editor) of the Bridgenewsgh.
Easter happens to be of the most memorable festive season every believer wants to recall on the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus and its significance to the Christian faith.
At this time, individuals in the Christian faith, recapitulates all events and sufferings Christ Jesus undergone and also turn new leave as long as Christianity is concern but unfortunately this facts of realities are not capitalize upon due to one being a double minded Christian.
It about time Easter is treated as important occasion of total repentance and not as a ceremonial festivity which does not help curb and shape individuals to the paths of perfection.
Our Reverent Ministers in the various denominations must speak to the facts and realities of Easter than adding insults to injury as well as cut their coat according to their cloth, instead of beating around the bush and misleading people across the globe of Christian faith.
It is a period of repentance, being humble as Philippians 2 says by obeying to carry the cross by functioning effectively as a new creature of the most high God alongside fasting and prayers. It is not a season for immoral practices as some persons assume it to be, where they are engage in sexual activities, drinking, smoking, telling falsehood and such likes.
Christians must have vivid account on such festivity than seeing it as mere formality.
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D.
The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent, thus a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday the celebration of Jesus Christ last Supper with his 12 Apostles.
Good Friday is believed as the day on which Jesus Christ crucifixion was observed, also, Easter Sunday is a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times, Easter falls on a different date each year.
Easter Sunday and related festivities time, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, are considered moveable feasts which follows the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th.
Easter Sunday marks the beginning of Eastertide, or the Easter Season. Eastertide ends on the 50th day after Easter, which is known as Pentecost Sunday.
Despite its significance as a Christian holy day, many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter observances actually have roots in pagan celebrations particularly the pagan goddess Eostre or Ostara, the ancient Germanic goddess of spring and in the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The resurrection of Jesus, as described in the New Testament of the Bible, is essentially the foundation upon which the Christian religions are built. Hence, Easter is a very significant date on the Christian calendar.
According to the New Testament, Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities, essentially because he claimed to be the “Son of God,” although historians question this motive, with some saying that the Romans may have viewed him as a threat to the empire.
He was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect in the province of Judea from 26 to 36 A.D. Jesus’ death by crucifixion, marked by the Christian holiday Good Friday, which is the Friday before Easter and his resurrection in three days which scripture prove that he was the living son of God.
In one way or other, all the four books in the New Testament which include Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John stated that those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection will not perish but have eternal life, John 3;16. meaning that those of faith will be welcomed into the Heavenly Kingdom of God which is Heaven after death on this living earth.
Easter is also associated with the Jewish holiday of Passover, as well as the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, as described in the Old Testament. These are clearly seen in the Last Supper, which occurred the night before Jesus’ arrest and the sufferings Jesus endured following his arrest.
The Last Supper was essentially a Passover feast. However, the New Testament describes it as being given new significance by Jesus. He identified the matzah ( bread) he shared with his twelve apostles as his “body” and the cup of wine they drank as his “blood.”
These rituals would come to symbolize the sacrifice that he was about to be crucified to death, and became the basis for the Christian ritual of Holy Communion, which remains as a fundamental for Christian religious services.
It about time Christians reconcile deep within their hearts to repent from evil ways and engage themselves in spiritual exercises such as fasting among others to equip their Christian lives than substituting for bottles of alcoholism and immoral practices.