What Easter Means to Me

I love Cadbury Creme Eggs. When I was little, my mother would buy them and use them as prizes for scripture trivia. Then, when I was in high school and she was the teacher for our before-school seminary class, she would buy them in bulk and freeze them so they could be used as prizes year-round. My friends and I stole many of them from our basement freezer. I still feel the rush of joy and the instinct to hoard it away from other sugar-loving scavengers when I see one.

As nice as it is to feel the nostalgia (not to mention the sugar-rush) of eating Cadbury Eggs, I'm glad there's more to Easter than this treat. I'm glad there's more to Easter than the plastic egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, as fun as all of that is. Although I'm told all of this spawns from pagan rituals that were adopted long ago, the true meaning of the celebration lives on in my heart and mind. Today, I worship Jesus Christ.

A recent video (below) produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells the story of Jesus Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, as well as His triumphal resurrection of in a very reverent way.

I love my Savior for all that He has done and continues to do for me. He has broken the bonds of death, so we will all someday be resurrected as He is. Because of this knowledge, the sting of death is swallowed up in hope that my mortal body will some day be restored to its perfect form, never to die again (Mosiah 16:7-8).

Equally importantly, He has bridged the void that separates me spiritually from God, our Heavenly Father. Although I distance myself from God each time I sin, Jesus Christ satisfied the demands of justice through infinite and incomprehensible suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. I have felt the gnawing feeling of God withdrawing the presence of His Holy Spirit when I have sinned, but I have also felt the sweet relief that comes through the grace of Jesus Christ as I repent and allow myself to be reconciled to God. There is nothing like that feeling in all the world, and it is only through the events that took place at Jerusalem nearly two thousand years ago that it is possible.

Salvation cannot come to us without both the physical and spiritual salvation that are called the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I have felt the powerful witness of the Holy Spirit in increasing magnitude throughout my life that this is true. Gladly I celebrate this reality at this time of the year and throughout the rest of the year. Happy Easter, everyone!

Posted April 9th, 2012 in Religion.

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