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For the religious, it can be important to delve into the true meanings behind Easter and let those discoveries help shape celebrations. Jesus was subsequently betrayed and turned over to the authorities. He was sentenced to crucifixion and perished on the cross. His body was cleansed and placed in a tomb sealed by a stone. His followers were unaware of the miracle that would ensue in the days to come. On Easter Sunday, the tomb was discovered open and empty. Jesus had risen from the dead, providing irrefutable proof that he was the Son of God. In turn, Jesus fulfilled all he was born to do and preached. Easter did not always symbolize Christ’s resurrection when it was first celebrated. It was once a pagan ritual of renewal and birth. However, when early missionaries began spreading Christiani- ty’s message, the holiday — falling around the time of Christ’s actual resurrection — was adopted to commemorate the re- ligious miracle. Today it stands as a testa- ment to ultimate sacrifice and the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him. Thomasville Scene April - May 2019 11