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Why Do Christians Celebrate Easter?

Liquid Church
Apr 3, 2023

When you think of celebrating Easter, what comes to mind? Chocolate bunnies, fond childhood memories of brightly decorated Easter baskets, or coloring eggs with your kids? Maybe Easter feels like a family celebration to kick-off the new life and hope that seems synonymous with Spring. In truth, Easter is so much more than these things. If you are unfamiliar with Christianity, you should know that Easter is the most important celebration on the Christian religious calendar.

For centuries, Christians have celebrated Easter to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. While today many families still enjoy the non-religious traditions of painting eggs and festive Easter candy, these modern traditions don't have any real connection to the Christian faith. So, why do we really celebrate Easter as a religious holiday?

THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

The miracle of Easter ignites new possibilities and new hopes we never dreamed possible. See, the key to why Christians celebrate Easter lies in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The is the Gospel, or Good News, for Christians. For believers, Jesus' death and resurrection made a way for those who follow him to experience eternal life after earthly death.

Ultimately, all of Christianity revolves around who Jesus Christ is and what He did. Scripture in the New Testament tells us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17). When Jesus came to Earth, his radical teachings of grace amazed Jewish culture. The Bible shows us that Jesus was the only man to live a sinless life, who then died a sacrificial death, and, ultimately, rose from the dead. Jesus had been crucified on a Roman cross, and then on the third day after his death, witnesses discovered that the tomb where Jesus was buried was empty. Many additional witnesses saw that he had risen, defeating death through the power of God (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

WHY WE NEED A SAVIOR

Christianity revolves around the belief that humanity needed a savior.

Maybe today, you're unsure about whether you really need a savior. Perhaps you try to live a good life, and hope that good deeds will be sufficient. However, Romans 3:23 in the New Testament of the Bible tells us that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." This means that we can't be made right before God without a mediator, without a sacrificial savior to save us from our sin (Ephesians 2:8-9).

In the face of sin, there is hope in Christ Jesus. By giving himself willingly to die on a Cross, Jesus sacrificed his life to save sinners like you and me (Philippians 2:8). What Jesus did cancelled the punishment of sin for those who believe and follow Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is what Christians celebrate on Easter Sunday!

THE HOPE OF EASTER FOR OUR LIVES TODAY

Because of what Jesus did at Easter, you can have hope for new life. For Christians, Easter is an important reminder of why faith is so important. No matter how much pain, struggling, disappointment and sin you've faced in your life - accepting what Jesus Christ did at Easter can change your life today.

While Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection once a year with this commemorative holiday, truly, the power of Christ’s resurrection over 2,000 years ago can still impact your life today and everyday.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

To learn more about Easter and for additional resources from Liquid Church, check out the content below:

  • NEW BELIEVERS: If you recently put your faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life, we want to come alongside you and help you walk with Jesus every day! Check out LiquidChurch.com/New to take the next step on your journey with Jesus.
  • MESSAGE: To watch messages from Liquid Church on-demand through our YouTube Channel, click here.
  • ARTICLE: Why Did Jesus Die For Me? - To better understand Jesus’ sacrifice in the larger context of the Bible, click here to read.
  • LEARN MORE: At Liquid Church, our church exists to build people up with the love and hope of God. Check out service times or watch online at LiquidChurch.com