By George Robbins
Why is Easter always in April (and occasionally late March)? I always wonder about this question, and the short answer is that the Resurrection actually happened the Sunday after the Jewish Passover, as told to us in the Gospel accounts. Although this is the primary reason for the date of Easter, I believe that several other reasons make April the most appropriate month to celebrate Easter.
One significant reason why April is a wonderful time for Easter is that April is a month of renewal. Easter is a season of renewal, as we celebrate the renewed union with God that Christ accomplished through his Resurrection. We celebrate these actions and await the day when we too will be glorified as Jesus currently is. In April, the Earth reflects Christ’s renewal with blooming flowers, green grass, and warm sunshine. Thus, the transformation from winter to spring that occurs in April is creation’s way of symbolizing the renewal that Christ brought when he rose from the grave.
For many people, April is also a time of looking backward and forwards. For us Fellows, this April allows us to cherish and celebrate the accomplishments and relationships we have achieved during this Fellows’ year, and also have the opportunity to look forward to how these experiences will shape our futures. Similarly, during Easter, we look back on what Christ accomplished through his passion, death, and Resurrection, and look forward to his second coming, which will bring eternal life with him.
For many, especially during the Fellows’ year, April can bring a dark uncertainty of the future. Doubts, anxieties, and uncertainties fill this month just like every other month. We await new jobs, wonder how our friendships will change during the summer, and fear or even dread the next year of school or employment. Even though some of us, myself included, do not have a set future to which we are looking forward to during this April, we can always have the peace of knowing the future that Christ’s Resurrection promises for us. Therefore, April is an even more fitting time to celebrate Easter, the day that brought the one certain hope we have, which is redemption through Christ.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we too might walk in the newness of life.” - Romans 6:4
Happy Easter Everybody!
Pictures From The Week
Post-Easter Service Selfies are the Best
Fellows celebrating a lovely Easter Afternoon together
The guys make a visit to Nats Park (Go Rays!)
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