Christianity is under siege on two fronts. "Jesus calls out to each of us by name today as He did the very first Easter Sunday".
Pastor Aaron Smith: Ah, that is a great question. The resurrection of Christ brought new hope of eternal salvation for Christians. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. "So we want to play it to glorify him".
Sally Svenson says, "That is our goal in life and to play music, we always give God the glory and the credit for the gifts and talents of music".
While others may have a different belief, we believe that Jesus died on the Cross and after three days rose from the dead. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday, which also marks the end of Lent, the 40-day period of fasting which begins on Ash Wednesday. For Christians, it also represents the triumph over death and the hope of life everlasting.
It has religious significance, because it is the day after Christians believe the messiah returned to earth. Many of his followers reported seeing Jesus before his ascension to heaven to be with his Father. He gave power to what He did by raising from the dead.
"It's usually bigger than normal", Ledbetter, who has been an usher at the church for more than 20 years, said. People seem to be more interested in discovering something new.
The confectionary section of New Market wore a busy look since morning with people out there to purchase Easter num noms like Easter eggs, mud pies and cakes. "Whom are you looking for?" "That's just really awesome to me".
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Evacuated office workers stand by, with a deceased shooting victim down on the sidewalk Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. Dan Lynch of Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says the two wounded by gunfire have been transported to hospitals.
Where do you see Jesus?
Bell said Easter means a lot of things to a lot of people.
Chad: How do you carry that message of joy through the year?
Renee Incorvati, of Ashtabula, said she attended church regularly, but Easter was especially important.
What if Jesus didn't actually die, but only went into a coma as some have suggested? The reason you can only "hope" and not "know" is because you are basing your hope on the shaky foundation of your own works.
Cardinal DiNardo, who heads the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, reflected on Mary Magdalene's fear and doubt as she stood by the Tomb of Jesus Christ.