Recently the religions of Christianity and Muslims came into sharp contrast. Now, we could also insert the religion of Buddhism, Shinto or any other religion that we wish for the discussion. Here is the contrast.
All other religions are based on the words, actions and in some cases actual burial places of dead people. Christianity is the only religion that is based on a live person, Jesus Christ. We have places to we can go to on pilgrimages throughout Israel where Jesus walked, talked, performed His greatest miracles. What we cannot do is visit His tomb. Even if we could find it, it would be just a hole in the ground.
Because we know it is empty.
The unique claim of our faith is that God Himself, as the Son in the Trinity, came to earth in the form of Jesus. God Himself was crucified. God Himself was buried. God Himself was resurrected by God the Father Himself. There is no other religion that claims those facts.
While we all love the Christmas story, all the other religious figures have a birth story. It may not have the elements Jesus’ birth had. While we love the stories of Jesus’ life, ministry and miracles. We all love the stories, the sermons and the teachings. All religious figures have stories, sermons, teachings, lives, ministry, and in some cases miracles.
What we have and what they don’t is Easter.
You see, Easter is what defines us. It is the essence and core of our faith. It is so a ingrained in all that we do and all that we are, we even celebrate it every week. We worship on Sunday as little Easters. Easter Sunday is not just another celebration as a part of our religion, it is our religion.
I hope that you will reflect upon the meaning of Easter and its meaning to all of us.
Peace and Grace. Reed