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The origin of Easter is rooted in an ancient pagan tradition, the celebration of the goddess, Eostre, who heralded the beginning of spring. While the name “Easter” is used in the English-speaking world, many cultures refer to it as “Passover” or “Pascha”. Early Christians chose to celebrate the resurrection of Christ around the time of Passover because Jesus died during the Passover festival and his followers believed he was resurrected from the dead three days later. So. it was logical to commemorate these events in close proximity.
More importantly, however,
each of these traditions is rooted in a story of OVERCOMING and BECOMING.
These stores depict the overcoming of ‘exile’ or ‘death’ and of being renewed. And this is the key. Resurrection (according to the Christian tradition) is a time of renewal and becoming of Spirit. So, as we approach the Easter festivities,
we are asked to contemplate on blossoming and becoming of the ‘I AM’.
Very truly, I tell you , the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than theseJohn 14:12, NIV