But Easter is not just about egg hunts and chocolate rabbits and candy. The true meaning of Easter is to celebrate the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and knowing that through his suffering we can be forgiven of our sins and go back to heaven to live with our Heavenly Father again.
In my church, I take an early morning religious class before school. This year we have been studying the New Testament. But because I'm kind of a lousy student (6:00 o'clock is quite early), I am trying to catch up with my reading. Last week I was reading Luke. With Easter fast approaching, I thought to myself, "Well this is quite appropriate." I read all about how Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. I read about how He bled from every pore because of the pain so intense it cannot be described. Then I read about how He was taken before Pilate to be tried, and even though He was pure and innocent, He was taken to Calvary to be crucified.
But what hit me the most about this turning point in the history of mankind was the fact that Jesus died for us. Many times we say that Jesus died and was resurrected—and He was—but I think we tend to put more emphasis on His resurrection. I don't think that I had ever truly realized that Jesus quite literally, very actually died. His heart stopped beating, His lungs stopped working, and His brain shut down. He was very dead.
I'm not exactly sure why that made such an impression on me, but I think now I see more clearly the point of His atonement. To be resurrected, we have to die. But because Jesus was resurrected, we can all be resurrected. We can all live again. Death is not the end of Life. It is merely a part of God's Plan of Happiness for us.
That's what I learned about this Easter. I would like to share a video with you from my church, if that's okay. I hope maybe it will help some of us better understand the Atonement and the Resurrection of Christ, that we may all learn something new and grow our testimonies of the Savior.
I know that everything I have said is true. That is my testimony of Christ's Atonement and Resurrection, and I believe it with all my heart. May we ever remember these things, that we may keep Him in our hearts at all times and in all remembrance, and strive to be more like Him. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.