Do You Believe in Easter?

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A few years ago I ran across a story about a lady named Edith Burns who was a woman filled with love and compassion.  She was famous for her interaction with patients in the hospital.  She would open her conversations with people something like this, “Hi, I am Edith, what do you believe about Easter?”  When they would respond about eggs and bunnies and butterflies, she would courageously go on with the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It allowed her to share her faith testimony in a special way.  It was not as intrusive or offsetting as asking if they believed in Jesus.

From that lesson I often wonder what others truly think about Easter.  On the www.history.com website I found the following, “The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English.”

Easter is not mentioned in the Bible. The death and resurrection of Jesus is.  And for me this is what is important.  Jesus loved me so much that he stretched out his arms wide, and hung his head and died.  He took my sins and cleansed them with his precious blood.  And through his death came the resurrection and life eternal.  I believe in Jesus.  Yes, I have adopted the name Easter as a Christian holiday used to designate the day the tomb was discovered as empty.  The main thing remains the main thing in my mind – Jesus lived; Jesus died; and after three days, he’s alive.  Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  I do believe.  How about you?

Hi, I am Pastor Kevin, what do you believe about Easter?

See you in church soon!

Kevin Gingerich

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About Pastor Kevin

Pastor Kevin has been a minister with the United Methodist Church since 1987. He has just come on staff with the Sheldon United Methodist Church this past July. He and his wife, Sue, have five children and one beautiful grandson, Matthew.

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