What does the word “Easter” mean and does it have the same significance as “The Resurrection”?
According to Merriam-Webster: Easter is a feast that commemorates Christ’s resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon.
I’ve answered my own question! Still, I think the word “Easter” in the minds of many, means bunny rabbits and baskets filled with candy, patent leather shoes, white gloves, floral dresses, and a big meal after church.
From Palm Sunday until a week later, there is much to be mindful of. In a period of seven days, Jesus goes from being hero-like, a big parade complete with palm fronds, children waving and smiling — to Crucifixion, death, burial and then the big TA DA day; the big reveal you might say; roll the stone away and Jesus is gone. He Has Risen! Hallelujah! But do we miss the “in-between”?
There is no exact way; it is what you believe and what is comfortable for you. The following link is common throughout Catholic and Christian faiths.
How to observe Holy Week
April is just around the corner and our holy month begins; Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday and Easter. The death, burial and resurrection — the miracle that saved our life.
Do you believe? That is all that is asked of us, to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.
People don’t like to see the image of Jesus nailed to the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head; but this is the reality. Jesus was nailed to a cross, hands and feet, his sides were pierced and a crown of sharp thorns was not “placed” on his head, it was jammed into it. Imagine the physical pain and anguish. He made this awful sacrifice for us; to heal our wounds, forgive our sins and give us a life that is free and an end that is eternal.
He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)
This is the week of great miracle. Jesus rode a donkey through Jerusalem to his final death. Parts of the journey were lovely, palm branches waved in the air, coats laid on the ground, our version of a red carpet. Hallelujahs shouted, prayers said, celebrations made.
The Last Supper
The people angered for justice to prevail. Arguments had, angry voices demanding justice.
Burdens carried to the cross. Crown of thorns. Blood. Exhaustion. Defeat. Burial. Mourning. Great sadness. Disbelief. Sorrow.
HE LIVED. HE DIED. HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD. HE LIVES.
The stone rolled away. How? Where is Jesus? He has risen!!! Our Lord reigns, loves, forgives, is exalted!!!