The Horrific Implications of Easter
Easter is egg-hunts, and chocolate bunnies.
But behind the bunny holiday that sweeps the media and the pop culture is a religious story of Christianity. A story of a man who has a multi-million following of people saying he is alive. Not in some “good-feeling” way, not in some inspirational “he is in our hearts” sense, but alive in a physical way. Jesus has his flesh and bones. Jesus, right now, has his flesh and bones.
So over the next few paragraphs lets explore the challenging implications of what this means.
First of all I want to make it noteworthy that the story of Easter, as it is documented in the Bible, is passed off for fact.
There are different writing styles, fiction versus non-fiction; this is in reference to how the content of the writing is organized. Although the author has some liberty when it comes to structure and organization, you will find that as a general rule it’s easy to determine which is passed off as which.
Here’s an interesting example:
“The audience gasped with collective distress. Fred righted himself and ran to pick up the carousel trampling many of the dispersed slides.” – is a quote from a short story I found online by Williams H. Coles named Nemesis. The author sets up a tone and decorates the story with mood and own style.
Here’s a snipped from the Bible about the Resurrection:
“He showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.” The author of this portion of writing has different tone, almost a descriptive or documenting style. When I read this I thought it was interesting how the fish was broiled. This is someone who is trying to write about a man who came back to life and I find it curious he talks about broiled fish. But the fact is that if the story is an eyewitness account, that detail is as important as any of the other around the narrative.
Another passage of the Bible records Jesus showing up to one of the writers of the Bible saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Rev 1:18
That would imply that he is God himself. That is the terrifying part.
If the story of the resurrection is true then Christianity is claiming something that no religion has ever claimed. It makes Jesus unique. But you will say, “don’t other religions have some of their heroes rise from the dead?” or “wasn’t Lazarus resurrected?” Great point. But the claim Christianity makes beyond all other claims is that Jesus rose never to die again. Jesus’ followers propose he wasn’t only resuscitated to die again, but was the first man to escape death.
Surprisingly, those statements do not end there. Jesus is the only religious leader who doesn’t claim to teach the right way, he claims to be the way.
Wait for it… the Christian faith says that any who believe in Jesus' claims of being God and being the only way to live forever, will also escape death. They will die, as Jesus did when he was murdered, but will once again rise as he did. Forever.
This article is not designed to articulate these claims further, or the legitimacy of them. However, in light of the Easter season approaching we should all give these things a thought to evaluate our opinion of Jesus, and decide if we believe in Easter’s declarations of life after death. If we decide we do not believe, it is worth a thought, lest we remain ignorant of this story. However, if we believe – let us press forward in hope. In hope of life, in hope of seeing God, in hope of living again and making that the whole essence of life.
Below is a spoken-word piece on the topic of the claims of Easter.