Easter Video Series: What is the Meaning of Easter

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What is Easter all about? Easter can be a confusing holiday – stores are filled with chocolate eggs and stuffed bunnies, while churches teach about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Are the two connected? Not really. But even within the Christian celebration of Easter, there can be confusion, especially when explaining Easter to children. Different Christian traditions emphasize different parts of Holy Week – there are Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday services. How do all of those events come together to tell one story – the Holy Week? And even more, how do all of the stories of the Old Testament lead us to the Cross on Good Friday?

VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer – along with Buck Denver & Friends! – explains.

What happened during Holy Week?

First, Jesus and his disciples went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, a Jewish holiday. Passover originated during the time of Israelite slavery in Egypt. God brought plagues to the Egyptians because they would not let the Israelites go free. The final plague was the death of all of the firstborn sons – but God warned the Israelites, and told them to sacrifice a lamb and put its blood on their doorways on that night. When the angel of death came to Egypt, the Israelites were saved. Understanding Passover leads us into a deeper understanding of Easter week, and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross – he was the Passover lamb for all of us, saving us from death because of our sin.

When Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem, Jesus rode a donkey. Many people lined the roads and waved palm branches at him, saying “Hosanna!”. Today we remember this as Palm Sunday, and many churches celebrate it with special services.

Jesus and his disciples had a Passover meal together, and at this meal Jesus initiated the practice of communion. Today we call that meal the Last Supper, and some churches celebrate it with special services called Maundy Thursday. Other churches serve communion on Easter Sunday. Communion also reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, and we eat bread in remembrance of Christ’s broken body and drink wine in remembrance of the blood he shed for us.

After a trip to the garden of Gesthemane to pray for strength, Jesus was arrested when his disciple Judas betrayed him. He was put on trial, and sentenced to die for blasphemy – claiming to be equal to God. Jesus was killed on a cross, and when he died the whole sky went black and the temple curtain was ripped in two. Today, we remember Christ’s death on Good Friday.

But Christ didn’t stay dead, and as Phil explains in the video above, that is the real meaning of Easter.

What does Easter mean?

“The people around Jesus just saw a man dying on a cross. But that’s not what God saw,” Phil Vischer says in the Easter video. “God saw something very different happening … He saw the stain of our sin appearing on Jesus.”

When explaining Easter to children (or anyone), the emphasis must be more than just on the facts of the story. Easter means not only did Jesus die, but why he died – to pay for the sin that had plagued the world since Adam and Eve, and for the sin that continues to plague the world today. Easter also means that Jesus conquered death, and in doing so saved all of us from the eternal punishment of sin. As 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 puts it – “Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting?”

The power and mystery of Easter is embodied in the resurrection of the Christ, and the promised resurrection of all who believe in Him.

“Jesus proved that he had authority over death itself! That the power of sin and death was broken! That the kingdom of God was real, and that we can all be a part of it!” Vischer says in the video – and that’s the real meaning of Easter.

Pick up What’s in the Bible? Volume 10 today to learn – and feel – the story of Jesus.

Other stories and blog posts in this Easter series:

 

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Soul Cafe
Soul Cafe

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. What's in the Bible? at Soul Cafe! =D

Amy Pettit Newton
Amy Pettit Newton

This is my favorite Easter video. It is a great way to hear God's amazing plan for us and is beneficial for children and as well as adults. ❤️

Heidi Franz
Heidi Franz

Yes ma'am. This is taken from my absolute favorite one - #10 - The Gospels.

Kelli Chad Corey
Kelli Chad Corey

Heidi Franz, are these the same videos that's on the What's in the Bible DVDs?

MorningStar Stivitts
MorningStar Stivitts

Easter, Ishtar, Oestre that's all debatable... I choose to celebrate Ressurection Day!

Shireen Naidoo
Shireen Naidoo

U welcome I got the whole collection of whats in the bible I just cant seem to find dvd 3 in the store. I love the Bentley brothers songs and the pirate

What's in the Bible?
What's in the Bible?

We're so excited to hear that's in been a great resource to you! Blessings from our crew here. :)

Alisha Miller
Alisha Miller

We are using them with our college and career students! ! Love them.

Tracy Anderson
Tracy Anderson

RoyandTamara Brown ... Show Zane & Cheyenne. Great video for them

Kira Dalager
Kira Dalager

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE What's in the Bible! Great way to enhance teaching in our Children's Ministry and for me (a lover of cartoons and puppets \U0001f60d)!

What's in the Bible?
What's in the Bible?

Thanks so much Chris Corbett! I've definitely learned so much through the series too!

Chris Corbett
Chris Corbett

I could not strongly recommend these videos enough. Even adults will learn and enjoy them with your children. We all have been singing the songs for years!!

Arthur
Arthur

My heritage is both Jewish and Gentile. Just because my gentile friends say easter does not mean I have to. If they say jump off a bridge it honors God, would you do it even tho you know it's wrong? You use the word easter in your comment and you see other people saying the same as me, that it is from a pagan culture and you accept that? Would God accept that too? Daniel would not bow down to the statue, he defied the kings command for the faith he had in God. Why do you accept this godess name over the word Resurrection? To make man happy?

Arthur
Arthur

The real reason Why I celebrate His Resurrection, and not easter is because He is the Resurrection and the life! His words not mine. Know the difference.

Jeff
Jeff

Very well done and an excellent presentation for all ages!