Easter in the Christian Tradition
Easter in the Christian Tradition Christians have different thoughts about Easter. For some of them, it is the day when they can gather their family members and have some quality time together. For others, it is the day when they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, for most people, it is the combination of both secular and sacred connotations. Let us look deeper into the significance of this holiday in the lives of Christians.
Christian Easter: Why is It Significant?
It is very important to understand Easter from the Christian point of view. This celebration is directly connected with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is extremely significant for believers. The doctrine of his resurrection from the dead is considered the foundation of Christianity. Moreover, as Christians believe, Jesus died for a special purpose. He did this as a penalty for the sins of the entire humanity. Afterwards, Jesus gained victory over his own death and came back to life. Christians consider that if they believe in this sacrifice of Jesus Christ and accept him as their Savior, they will be given the opportunity to rise to heaven to Him. The proofs to that can found in the Bible, in Philippians 3:20-21 (“We eagerly await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who … will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body”) and in 2 Timothy 2:11-12 (“If we died with him, we will also live with him”).
This belief gives Christians hope and support, which they need in everyday life. On the Easter day, they recall the significance of this support for themselves and confirm their faith. The History of the Christian Easter Easter Celebration in Christianity has an interesting history that is narrated in the book “A History of the Christian Church.” The first celebrations of this kind were held in 154 AD by Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, and in 155 AD by Anicetus, the bishop of Rome. At that time, the Church had to come to the agreement on the day when Easter had to be celebrated. From Polycarp’s point of view, Easter had to be held at the night of the 14th day in the month of Nisan, regardless of the weekday on which it might fall. Meanwhile, according to Anicetus, Easter had to be celebrated only on Sundays. Disputes between the two bishops continued for some time. Being unable to agree on anything, they celebrated Easter in their own ways. In 190, it was settled to observe Easter on Sundays and the date of this celebration was approved only in 314 at the Council of Nicaea. Afterwards, other Easter traditions began to develop. For instance, Christians had to fast before Easter to commemorate sufferings of Christ. At first, it was a 40-hour fast and vigil, but later it was extended to a 40-day fast that had to finish in the Easter morning, at dawn. We still have these traditions. And how do you celebrate Easter and what does it mean to you?