Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Grave Is Empty - Come and See!

He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay!

Campbell Morgan said that the resurrection is the most stupendous, supernatural miracle that the world has ever known. It supersedes everything else - because if He is not risen from the dead then everything else collapses!

The meaning of Easter is that God loves us and cares for us, desiring only the best and highest good for us. He's the God of peace, love and joy. He's the source of every good and perfect gift. The greatest gift God can give us is His Son, Jesus Christ. In Him, God's grace and love are extended to us to meet all our needs.

Easter begins in our hearts when we receive God's Son, Jesus Christ by faith. May His Life in us be the reason for our Easter celebration!

The Lord has risen indeed and because He lives, we can face tomorrow!

Happy Easter to All!

Some Easter Symbols

Easter Eggs, which represent new life, have been a symbol of spring since ancient times. Christians adopted the egg as an Easter symbol because of the relationship between Easter and the renewal of life. But the Pagan connection here should not be dismissed. Ishtar was the goddess of fertility and reproduction. Exchanging and eating Easter eggs is a popular custom in many countries. In most cases, chicken eggs are used. The eggs are hard-boiled and dyed in various colors and patterns. Many countries have their own traditional patterns.

Easter Bunny -The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season. The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. And were made of pastry and sugar. The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s.

Easter Lilies are used to decorate churches and homes. The large, pure white blossoms remind Christians of the pure new life that comes to them through the Resurrection of Jesus. The lily is also the sign of the Resurrection.

The Glory of Easter

My wife Christine, who's on vacation to the US since April 6 had the opportunity to watch the largest and most spectacular passion play, brought to life through exciting drama, song and pageantry, at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Orange County, California. A cast of over 100 volunteer actors, supported by professionals playing the lead roles of Jesus, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, Herod, Mary and more, were together as they recreate the story of passion week including the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus cleansing the temple, the Last Supper, the trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. Utilizing the latest in special effects, the Easter pageant is famous for its lifelike recreation of earthquakes, thunder storms and lightening inside the all-glass building. Flying angels soar overhead while live animals parade down the aisles. The passion play is an exciting interpretation of the week that changed the course of history forever. The Glory of Easter is being shown from April 2 through April 12, 2009.


  1. A blessed and happy Easter to you and your family.

    Hey, congrats, we've been tagged by Ron on his Neno's Award.

  2. Finally we are saved! Thanks to the Lord Jesus. Amen..

  3. Thanks for sharing the info about the easter eggs, easter bunnies and easter lilies. Happy Easter to you!

  4. God is great.
    Happy Easter Monday to you!

  5. Ito buhay na buhay na si Jesus ng magcomment ako. Happy EASTER! Huli man, nakahabol pa rin! Oi, i send u sa email mo, regarding chat conference for our project. hope you got it.

  6. Amen, NJ.

    I totally agree with you about Easter. Pinakaimportante syang pagdiriwang sa sang-Katolikohan, even more important than Christmas (for me ha).

    Nang ipinalabas ang The Body ni Antonio Banderas, I was really intrigued because the movie was about the finding of what was thought was Jesus' remains.

    Ay, parang gusto kong makarating sa Crystal Cathedral para makapanood ng senakulo nila. Sounds spectacular!

    Congrats sa post mo and as usual, kapupulutan ng information.

  7. Happy Easter Mr. Desert Aquaforce!
    May you be blessed always. :)

    Thank you very much for visiting the Pink Tarha blogs. Your generous comments don't fail to amuse us. Thank you. :)

  8. txs sa easter trivia broder..and for the life-giving images..

    oh, u should join ur wife nxt time in those amazing christian plays..i love those!..(i used to be a regular part in the church, would u believe hehe)

    alas, we worked for lenten here in the gulf :(

  9. nice sharing and reflections. great photos, too! excited to met u & chris next month!

  10. Great easter production & nice pics.. greater break for you Chris. Catch your story unya pag-abot sugbo ha? and greatest easter to you NJ and your family and the whole Desert Aquaforce..

  11. happy easte din po!

    kaya lang i spent my easter at the hospital...nabasag kasi easter symbol ko eh...hehehe.....(dehydr8d)

  12. mas maganda sana yung pix bossing kung kasama ka..hehehe..inshaallah next time kasama ka na....yakang yaka mo naman yan e..hehehe..

    nga pala...salmat sa facto re; easter..lalo na ang bunny at tanda kung to ngayon ko lang nabsa mga facts na mga kwento ni ermats lang kasi galing mga alam ko sa easter hehehe....
    cheers bossing!..

  13. happy easter kahit late na! :)

  14. Sa unang tingin parang ang iksi ng post na ito, pero ang unang bahagi ay intro lang pala. o",)

    Dati ang Easter Eggs, itlog talaga, 'yong pinipinturahan. Pero ngayon nagiging easter chocolates na na pinormang itlog. Kahit nga bunny ganu'n pa rin, chocolates na rin. Pero magbago man ang mga Easter symbols na 'to, may isa at nag-iisang hindi magbabago: ang sa ngayo'y buhay na Diyos na tinalo ang kamatayan upang tayo'y iligtas mula sa kasalanan.

    Happy Easter, Tito NJ! o",)

  15. cool trivia! hope you had a nice easter back there. :)

  16. cool trivia! hope you had a nice easter back there. :)

  17. Hi NJ, this is a little late but I would like to wish you a belated Happy Easter.

    Just dropping by to say hi!

  18. sarap sa US..sana makapunta rin ang isang habag na jologs na yuppie jan..hehehe