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OPINION: It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter

It’s that time of year again. The time where millions of eggs are hidden in the tall grass, pounds of candy are consumed and thousands of stuffed animals are given out in prettily decorated baskets. Yes, folks, Easter is upon us, and the candy companies could not be more pleased.

While I love a good Cadbury egg as much as the next person, I think you know where I’m going with this thought.

So many times on holidays like Easter and Christmas, we get too caught up in the commercialism of the holiday and forget the true meaning behind it all.

This holiday, just like Christmas, holds a much deeper and profound meaning that cannot be accurately expressed through a giant bunny and tons of chocolate.

This holiday is the most important one for those of us who call ourselves Christians, because this is the holiday that changed the whole game.

Had Jesus not risen from the dead on the third day, the day we celebrate as Easter, then the most important part of the gospel would not be present. In order to have a faith and a savior unlike the other religions and belief systems out there, it is crucial to note that He rose from the dead.

By defeating death, Jesus did something that no other religious figure has ever or will ever do. The difference between our God and the gods of other religions is that our Lord came back to life. Death could not hold Him, and therefore He proved triumphant.

This holiday is one that can easily be overlooked because of the muss and fuss over finding the perfect Easter dress, shoes, basket and candy selection. But please don’t forget the importance of this amazing day.

Please don’t forget to take the time to step back from the commercialism. Take time to get back to the basics of this day and be sure to take time to fully grasp what this means for not just Christians, but to humanity as a whole. Christ came to seek and to save we who were lost. His call is not just for those who follow Him; it’s an open invitation for all of those looking for something greater than themselves.

Happy Easter to all, and to all a blessed day…and maybe one or two Cadbury eggs.