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Why do we celebrate Easter?

I didn’t want to believe it, but some people raised in traditionally Christian countries cannot answer that question anymore. My colleagues told me that in a British secular school they had classes about Islam and about Judaism, but they didn’t learn about Christianity at all. Chocolate egg is the only thing which comes to their mind when they think about Easter.

As cute as Christmas is with all its charming traditions it is way less important for Christianity than Easter. Good Friday is the day on which Jesus has died on the cross. It is a historical fact. His body was locked in a tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers. On the third day something extraordinary happened. Women who were supposed to take care about Jesus’ body found his tomb to be empty. The consequences of that fact are enormous. Obviously not everybody believes that Jesus rised from the dead, but for those who believe, their lives have been transformed.

The empty tomb would be the best symbol of Christianity, but cross is so much easier to draw. This Saturday we are between Good Friday with the symbol of cross and Easter Sunday with the symbol of the empty tomb.

The photo presents St Cuthbert’s Church in Marton. I have showed this church from the opposite side in the morning light:
Here a very different POV captured in the evening. The church is a short walking distance from my house, hence I could take a fresh photo even in the pandemic times. Cpt James Cook was baptized in this church.

An interesting fact is that even in the modern times people die on the cross. Below is fragment from Wikipedia’s article titled Crucifixion:

Several people have been subjected to crucifixion in Saudi Arabia in the 2000s, although on occasion they were first beheaded and then crucified. In March 2013, a robber was set to be executed by being crucified for three days. However, the method was changed to death by firing squad. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the body of another individual was crucified after his execution in April 2019 as part of a crackdown on charges of terrorism.
Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr was arrested in 2012 when he was 17 years old for taking part in an anti-government protests in Saudi Arabia during the Arab Spring. In May 2014, Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to be publicly beheaded and crucified.
Theoretically, crucifixion is still one of the Hadd punishments in Iran. If a crucified person were to survive three days of crucifixion, that person would be allowed to live. Execution by hanging is described as follows: "In execution by hanging, the prisoner will be hung on a hanging truss which should look like a cross, while his (her) back is toward the cross, and (s)he faces the direction of Mecca [in Saudi Arabia], and his (her) legs are vertical and distant from the ground."
Sudan's penal code, based upon the government's interpretation of shari'a, includes execution followed by crucifixion as a penalty. When, in 2002, 88 people were sentenced to death for crimes relating to murder, armed robbery, and participating in ethnic clashes, Amnesty International wrote that they could be executed by either hanging or crucifixion.
Crucifixion is a legal punishment in the United Arab Emirates.

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