Charlotte, N.C. – Today, Christians all across the world are celebrating the Easter holiday. While the coronavirus may have changed the way many celebrate, it has not changed the purpose and meaning. The basis of the holiday is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Christian faith believes that Jesus Christ died on Good Friday and resurrected on Sunday morning, 3 days later by the Jewish day of sundown to sundown.
The holiday revolves around the Christian faith and the resurrection. But there are certain aspects of the holiday that everyone can learn from. If we take a closer look at the story, there are some great things.
First, life is going to always have some difficult days. For the followers of Jesus, the day that Christ died was one of the worst. They had followed him for some time, but the events of that Friday changed all their lives. Events will happen that will change our lives.
We have all had this experience in the past month, with the coronavirus pandemic. Our lives are upside down. Things that were once normal have seemingly went away. It’s a difficult time with jobs lost and family challenges. Some have even faced the death of a loved one during this time.
While the followers of Christ had been warned of the upcoming crucifixion, many didn’t believe it. We did not have a clue of how the coronavirus would affect our lives either. It has given us some difficult days.
Second, the Easter holiday teaches us that there is a brighter day in the future. Scripture teaches that the disciples were mourning after the death of Jesus. They really didn’t know what to do. Even though they were told that it would get better, they had their doubts. They did not seem to expect what happened that Sunday morning.
We will all face difficult times. In the middle of those difficulties, we need to remember that there is a better day coming. It’s not easy, but it is the truth. The coronavirus will not be the end of America. It will not be the end of society, but many seem to act like it is. Our economy and lives may not be the same. But we will still be here and there are brighter days.
Finally, Easter teaches us that there is a lot more to life than just ourselves. Jesus very actions of giving his life for others, shows us that we should be more compassionate. As the Christian faith teaches, Christ willingly gave his life for others. He knew we could not take care of the sins ourselves, it needed his interaction to resolve it.
People around us are not perfect as we seem to expect them to be. Many times, we completely ignore them through our self-centered focus. Other times, we treat them as though they do not matter or are beneath us. Christian teachings are not that anyone is beneath the love of Christ. He died for all.
We can have that same compassion on others around us. We should not treat some different than others. Everyone matters. It’s not an issue of color, gender, political party or anything else. We need to have compassion on those around us.
Easter is a special holiday for Christians around the world like me. It reminds me of the hope that I have. I believe this life is the worst that I will ever have it, but don’t just take my word for it. Romans 8 teaches that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to what awaits. Yes, it may be difficult now. But Easter reminds us that there is something better coming.
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