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What is Easter?
Quite simply, Easter is the time of year that we as Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But why would we celebrate the death of our leader?
The answer to this question is the crux of what Easter is all about.
Easter as we know it today is actually the Jewish Festival of Passover. This was a big event in the life of the Jew, and was a time of the year when the Jew would come before God and admit that they had done wrong in God's eyes and offer a lamb to God as a substitute for their sin.
The New Testament (and in fact the Old Testament) speak about a time when this practice of offering the lamb to God, which had to be done annually would be fulfilled permanently by one sacrifice.
Jesus being perfect and sinless, fulfilled the Jewish requirement of the law and became the sacrifice, taking away both our sin and the punishment we deserve for sinning against God upon himself.
The fact that Jesus rose from the dead, which we remember on Easter Sunday, means that this sacrifice is permanent
So easter is the time of the year where we specifically remember that Jesus freed us from the punishment we deserve and allowed us to come before God. Read the great explanation of this whole event in Romans 5:6-21