Easter is the most important holiday for the Catholic church. Why? Let’s look back into Catholic history. Easter is the holiday which commemorates the greatest miracle of all the proclamations in the Old Testament. This miracle is known as the Resurrection, or when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying on the cross. Easter represents the foundation of Christianity as the religion revolves around the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why Was Jesus Christ Crucified?
Jesus set the ultimate example of devotion through stories of his remarkable life reflecting love, mercy, humility, truth, justice, compassion, purity, and peace. Since he was such a good man, why was he sentenced to death? After proclaiming himself as the Son of God, people became afraid of Jesus. In the Bible, records show how Jesus proved himself through performing miracles and healing people but many still did not believe. Powerful leaders in the community began to take notice and wanted Jesus killed for blasphemy. He was brought before the Roman leader Pontius Pilate, who initially exonerated him but later fell to the pressure of a crowd of protestors to condemn Jesus Christ to death for treason. Jesus Christ suffered a brutal crucifixion as witnessed and recorded by many people.
Why is the Death of Jesus an Important Part of Christianity?
At the heart of Christian beliefs, sin is what damages our relationship with God. In history, God and mankind needed a way to restore their relationship. Jesus was the conduit for this reconciliation. He came to earth to teach people about God and prove his plan to save humanity. The foundation of Christianity is the belief that Jesus died for our sins so that we may restore our relationship with God.
Why Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?
After dying on the cross, three days later the resurrection of Jesus occurred. He rose from the dead to prove that he is God and as part of the Holy Trinity, God is more powerful than death. The miracle of Easter represents God’s promise of the forgiveness of sins, eternal life to all who believe in him and his overall plan to save humanity.
Reflect with Bible Verses About the Miracle of Easter:
These bible verses are various versions confirming the same event as seen through the eyes of the apostles: that Jesus Christ came to earth, died for the sins of humanity, and was resurrected to show that he defeated sin and death.
1 Peter 1:18-21
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
1 Corintians 15:3-8
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”
1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.'”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”
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