The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all.
However, Easter did not always symbolize Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Easter. When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became known as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation.
Today, the meaning of Easter, for hundreds of millions of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
My Easter gift to you is to take the original thought behind Easter – renewal and rebirth, and to ask you to consider taking the spiritual meaning of tomorrow’s celebration, and tie it into a topic so important to God, that it’s the second-most spoken about topics in the Holy Bible (and about half of all the Parables are related to it) – money and possessions.
IMHO, the world of finance (and many who make a living from it) is a most “ungodly” place.
Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us to “put on the full armor of God”. Nowhere is that more needed today than when it comes to our finances. And before anyone accuses me of having an “Holier than thou” attitude to the financial services industry and those who work in it, just make sure you have read my book “Confessions of a Former Wall Street Whiz Kid” (Online for free here) first.
Now in my 33rd year in and around Wall Street, never have I seen so many people financially and mentally unprepared to face an unprecedented number of troubling issues. This comes at a time where I find so many so-called “financial professionals”, lacking a true understanding of the issues at hand, morally bankrupt, and most important IMHO, void of any true spirituality.
The following two publications of mine, can help you put your armor on.
And if where you’re receiving your financial guidance from isn’t invoking His teachings into your financial planning, my prayers this Easter are truly with you – I believe you’re going to need them!