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Explore the true meaning of Easter B unnies and baskets, chocolates and candies. filled the prophesies that he would give his own life for his people so they could enjoy eternal life after their own mortal bodies perIt’s that time of year when parents scramble ished. Easter, from Jesus’ very own words, to ensure their children wake up to a trove of marked a new covenant for the faithful. treats, and families decide on who is serving According to scripture, Jesus was enjoying the lamb dinner this year. the Passover dinner when he sat down with his These are some of the familiar Easter traditions, but much more is involved with the holi- disciples. Understanding that this would be his day than egg hunts and brightly adorned bon- last earthly meal and that someone close to him would betray him, he took bread and gave nets. For the religious, it can be important to delve into the true meanings behind Easter and thanks to God for it. He broke the bread and said it was his body that should be given up so let those discoveries help shape celebrations. Easter, above all, is a religious commemora- sins would be forgiven. He did a similar gestion of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the ture with wine, indicating that it was his blood culmination of the holy period known as Lent, that should be shed as a sacrifice for all. Christ instructed the disciples to do the same ritual in and it the most significant date on the the future in memory of him. Christian liturgical calendar. Jesus was subsequently betrayed and turned Jesus Christ was the Son of God, who fulover to the authorities. He was sentenced to crucifixion and perished on the cross. His body was cleansed and placed in a tomb sealed by a stone. His followers were unaware of the miracle that would ensue in the days to come. On Easter Sunday, the tomb was discovered open and empty. Jesus had risen from the dead, providing irrefutable proof that he was the Son of God. In turn, Jesus fulfilled all he was born to do and preached. Easter did not always symbolize Christ’s resurrection when it was first celebrated. It was once a pagan ritual of renewal and birth. However, when early missionaries began spreading Christianity’s message, the holiday – falling around the time of Christ’s actual resurrection – was adopted to commemorate the religious miracle. Today it stands as a testament to ultimate sacrifice and the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him.