Why do we celebrate Easter?

What is Easter about?

Chocolate, colored eggs, cute little bunnies! Easter has always been an exciting time of year for me. I remember that every year, when I was growing up, my family would spend a few hours on Friday or Saturday night just before Easter Sunday coloring and decorating Easter eggs. We always had a lot of fun!

Did you know that you can really tell a lot about a person’s personality by the way they decorate their eggs? For example: My older sister was very careful and always ended up with the most beautiful looking eggs you’ve ever seen, while my younger sister and brother would plop their eggs into so many different cups, each with a different color, that they would end up with a multi-colored mess!

I also remember that my mom enjoyed making special baskets for each of us that would be filled with candy and chocolates. She would hide each basket somewhere in the house, but leave a trail of marshmallows that went from our bed to where the basket was hidden. What fun!

These fun activities are just some of the things that usually come to mind when we think of Easter, but there’s more! These things aren’t really the reason we celebrate Easter every year.

Why then, do we celebrate Easter?

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As Christians, we celebrate Easter for entirely different reasons than most people do. You see, about two thousand years ago, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life, and to die for our sins! But Jesus did not stay dead; He rose from the dead! We are actually celebrating Jesus’ death for our sins and His resurrection. That is why many people call Easter, Resurrection Sunday, because that is exactly what it is.

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Did You Know?

Jesus is alive today, and He’s preparing a place for His followers in Heaven!

Would you like to learn more about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection?

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Amazing Facts!

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Did You Know?

The Passover Feast that began back in the days of Moses was a picture of how God would make a way to be saved from death by sending His Son Jesus.

In last of the 10 plagues that God brought upon Egypt, the Death Angel entered every home in Egypt and killed the first-born child in each house, unless the house had lamb’s blood on it’s doorposts as God had commanded. When the Death Angel came to a house with blood on it’s doorposts, it would pass over the house and go to the next one.


Just like a lamb had to die and shed its blood in order to save the lives of the Israelites’ firstborn children, Jesus had to die and shed his blood in order to save us from eternal separation from God.

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