What is Easter?

Has that question ever intrigued you?  Have you ever even thought about it?  If you have considered it have you gotten past the standard routine answers?

It has come to fascinate me.  Let me share my observations.

Jesus Christ professed to be was (and is) the Son of God.  He came to Earth under unusual circumstances.  While here He taught people to treat others how they would like to be treated.  He promised that if they would do that than He would advocate for them to be treated {eternally} as they would like to be treated.

To prove He really seriously honestly and genuinely meant what He promised, He submitted to seal His promise with the loss of His life.  He had the liberty to walk away.  He chose not to do that.

Proving He had both the authority and ability to do as He promised, He returned from the dead reiterating that promise.  The people closest to Him had a level of hope and assurance in His demonstration that they spent the remainder of their lives testifying of Him and His promise.

Through the ages wise and humble men were converted to have faith in Him, hope in His promise, and acted to seal their conversion with charity and in many cases ultimately their lives.

Yet, as with all philosophies, the pure knowledge of Him and decency of His promise became tainted, if not obscured, by wise (and unwise) people with even less humility.  They created various interpretations of His promises.  Ultimately in too many scenarios they created placebos in the name of Jesus Christ to defend and justify their drift from absolutes.  They made excuses for not treating others as they desired to be treated.

My personal curiosity leads me to ask several rhetorical questions (in the view of the world)…which I actually do not believe are rhetorical at all.

1. What would the world be like if people actually acted as Jesus Christ taught…rather than justifying themselves in not acting that way because those that profess to be his followers don’t? (Yes, read that a couple of time.”

2. Get more specific, what would the world be like if politicians (and other breeds of leaders) were simply honest and non-deceptive.  I mean, really seriously stopped attempting to put on a facade?

3. What would the world be like if all people decided to exercise charity?  I don’t mean the charity that is represented in giving a few dollars here and there.  I mean the type of charity that represents giving wholly of one’s self to the blessing of others.

4. What would the world be like people stopped being silly about justifying illogical behavior.  For examples: a) Inductive reasoning strongly suggests that drunkenness leads to detrimental outcomes.  What if folks just stopped?  b) Sexual promiscuity leads to far more long-term sorrow than the temporary pleasure it elicits. What if folks just stopped? c) The various “alternative lifestyles” frequently leave people feeling empty and depressed, if not distressed.  What if folks just stopped? d) And, one of my favorites, control and coercion frequently result in high levels of animosity (whether exercised by individuals or governments).  Imagine, if you will, what life would be like if that coercion ceased.

All kinds of false front debates are raised about the flaws of Christianity.  The reality is that Christianity, as taught by Christ, leads to happier lives and relationships.  The excuses of mankind, and the manipulations of mankind are where the weaknesses exist, not in the fairly clear doctrines of Jesus Christ.

People misinterpret the teachings of Christ to accommodate their personal proclivities.  In response people with equal and similar proclivities denounce the doctrines because some preacher somewhere at some time failed to live up to What Jesus Christ taught…according to their expectation.

What is Easter?  I could reiterate the old tales of how it has its origins in paganism.  I could rehash, quite profoundly, the reasoning behind the atonement.  I shall do neither, because that has all be done before and better than I could present it.

Easter is the consummate expression of the Pure Love Of Christ.  If we seriously look inward to see how we can exemplify the life of Jesus Christ, genuinely seek to live with charity, as described by the Apostle Paul, we WILL ultimately be filled with the hope of His promise.

Jesus Christ did not advocate that we control others, nor that they control us.  In reality He did not even advocate that we have “control” over ourselves.  He encouraged that we live in a manner consistent with how each of us could find peace in our lives.  In living in that manner we need not search out the things to reject.  Rather we focus on the things to embrace.

It has been taught that salvation is being placed beyond the reach of all enemies.  Jesus Christ more than any other being to grace this world gave us all we needed to be placed beyond the reach of all enemies.  He has provided salvation.

Easter is the annual time when we are reminded of the opportunity to embrace that salvation.

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