Do many people today recognize the Christian beliefs surrounding Easter? Or is it a spring holiday that represents creation and rebirth? Why do we buy Easter eggs and spend time as a family during this holiday time?
Did Jesus really sacrifice himself and suffer to help us all to live a better life, and was he resurrected to show us that we never truly die?
There has been much debate over the years regarding Mary Magdalene, who was more often than not labeled as a fallen women who needed saving!
However, it is now more readily acknowledged that Mary Magdalene was the apostle of the apostles as she was always by the side of Christ, and was the last person remaining at the foot of the Cross as he died. It was her heartbreaking pain of loss that drove her to his tomb at the first light of day in order to anoint his body.
As a reward for her great love and faithfulness, she is the privileged person to whom Jesus first appeared to on the morning of the Resurrection. She then went and told the twelve Apostles that Jesus had risen from the dead.
After Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension, Mary Magdalene continued her mission of carrying Christ's message to the world.
As regards to beliefs about the reason for Easter eggs, for many cultures, even before the time of Christianity, the egg was a symbol of creation, spring, and rebirth.
However, it was reported that, after Jesus' Ascension into heaven, Mary Magdalene, a wealthy woman of some importance, boldly presented herself to the Emperor Tiberius Caesar in Rome to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with an egg in hand to illustrate her message.
Holding the egg out to him, she exclaimed for the first time what is now the universal Easter proclamation among Christians, "Christ is risen!"
The emperor, mocking her, said that Jesus had no more risen than the egg in her hand was red. Immediately, the egg turned red as a sign from God to illustrate the truth of her message. The Emperor then heeded her complaints about Pilate condemning an innocent man to death, and had Pilate removed from Jerusalem under imperial displeasure. (See: Original Source)