Christians celebrate Easter across conflict-torn Mideast
Vinnie Tomkin says, "Easter is when, it's special to all of us because of the sacrifice that God made when he came to and give his life for us to have eternal life so it's a special day".
Sally Svenson says, "That is our goal in life and to play music, we always give God the glory and the credit for the gifts and talents of music".
Easter Sunday celebration marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after he was crucified.
"This should make us recognize that much more unites us than divides us", said Lori. "Easter is a great time to catch up with family and friends", said a devotee, Sandhya Osta.
"It feels like the world is tearing apart at the seams, but it's a world that needs us as people of faith now more than ever", he said. They have been on a Lenten journey of prayer and introspection that brought them to Maundy Thursday, the day Jesus had his last supper with his disciples and was betrayed by Judas. Wilson said he enjoyed seeing all the new faces who came by to celebrate Easter.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a testament to His ultimate authority: "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me" (Mt. 28:18).
"Wherever you are", he said, "welcome the Lord into your heart in new ways".
Since Easter represents the fulfilment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.
She urged Nigerians particularly her constituents to strive to be more like Jesus at this time.
I love Easter because usually it is a attractive spring day with all the promise of warm days ahead after having made it through the winter and all the snow.
"I wish to all of you to experience this special kind of joy", the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said prior to the service. Jesus had to do this or His promise to Martha would have been a lie: "I am the resurrection and the life".
Inside the Christian Life Church, there was a joyous gathering to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "Let him say not merely, 'Christ is risen, ' but 'I shall rise'".
Chad: What is your favorite part of this time of year?
Rev. Adam Markley is the new pastor at First Baptist. "So we celebrate and mark the day with fellowship".