Easter Sermons

Written by Serena Berger
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Easter sermons celebrate one of the most important days in Christian history. Easter is the day when Christ, having been crucified by the Romans, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. For people at the time who doubted and knew fear, the resurrection of Jesus was the seal upon their newfound faith.

Easter as a religious holiday has been combined in America with what is essentially a celebration of spring, the vernal equinox, and ancient fertility rites. The Easter Bunny, the eggs, the chocolate candies and the Easter egg hunts that most children enjoy have nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Christ, and confuse the issue for many people. Easter sermons in some cases may do well to clarify the origin of the two separate traditions.

Relevant Passages for Easter Sermons

Often Easter sermons will concern themselves with relevant passages of scripture. The greater significance of the event is captured in passages such as Romans 6:4, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20 concern themselves more with the literal retelling of the event and are a reasonable starting point for Easter sermons.

Students of religious history may also take note of the famous Easter Sermon of John Chrysostom. This moving work from about 400 A.D. calls upon us not to mourn for Christ's death, but rather to understand it with joy, because Christ's willing sacrifice ultimately defeats death. This famous sermon as well as a number of other beautiful Easter sermons can be found online.

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