On Easter Sunday all Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ; it is the foundation of the Christian faith. We have meditated on this gift from God for 40 days, also this historical event, the passion of Christ. Having repented of our sins we can now celebrate, we have been saved. We still need to atone for our sins but we have been given eternal life after death.
In the USA, and other places in the world, we add to the joy of being saved a few symbols of our joy. We color Easter eggs to represent the resurrection of Jesus, the empty tomb, the Easter bunny in his nest to lay the eggs (we know bunnies can not lay eggs but this is a symbol of fertility) which has been traced to the 1500s. We have been renewed and cleansed so we buy new clothes to wear on Easter Sunday to symbolize our renewal.
Many churches have sunrise services on Easter Sunday, the time when the women first found the empty tomb. Some person wears an Easter bunny costume and distributes the colored eggs for the children to find. Much fun, and a lot of messes, is part of the kids coloring hard boiled eggs for their parents and relatives. None of these things are biblical but just our human way of adding joy to the celebration as we do on many secular holidays.
I wish everyone an enjoyable and happy Easter season. Peace!
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident.