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Easter with Esther

23 Mar Easter with Esther @BroSimonSays
Easter with Esther @BroSimonSays

Easter with Esther @BroSimonSays

I don’t want to pretend to be any kind of an authority on what I am about to share; I just want to post a couple of thoughts that I had about something significant that I noticed on my calendar this week. I’ll try to keep it brief and to the point.

As I was looking at my Google calendar, I noticed two different Jewish and Christian holidays (Holy Days) this week–Ta’anit Esther (Fast of Esther) and Easter. At first, both “holy-days” just seemed to sound the same (Esther and Easter), but the thought quickly occurred to me that they are a lot more alike than just in name.

You see, the Old Testament contains images, symbols, and teachings about the Lord Jesus Christ and His role as the Savior of Heavenly Father’s children. An ancient apostle of Jesus Christ, Matthew, had a great understanding of the Old Testament and was able to see in every detail of the Lord’s life the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. His Gospel was written for the use of Jews in Palestine and uses many quotations from the Old Testament to show that Jesus is the promised Messiah.

So, as a Christian, I have been taught to study the Old Testament with this thought in mind: “The message of the Old Testament is the message of Christ and his coming and his atonement” (Marion G. Romney, “The Message of the Old Testament,” A Symposium on the Old Testament, p. 5). Consequently, when I study the Old Testament I see Jesus Christ in the persons, objects, sacrifices, events, places, etc. (Click here for a quick list of some examples from the Old Testament. See also 2 Nephi 11:4 (2-6)Mosiah 13:28 (27-32); Alma 25:15-16; Moses 6:63).

When I read the story of Esther, I see Jesus Christ with His love, grace, sacrifice, and Atonement. To me, Esther is a wonderful type and foreshadow of Christ!

Queen Esther Saves Jehovah's People, by Sam Lawlor

Queen Esther Saves Jehovah’s People, by Sam Lawlor

This week our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith will observe the Fast of Esther and the Feast of Purim. As they do so, they will remember a time of temporal deliverance and salvation.

This week our brothers and sisters of the Christian faith will observe Easter. As they do so, they will remember their eternal deliverance and salvation.

The Resurrected Christ, by Wilson J. Ong

The Resurrected Christ, by Wilson J. Ong

 

The holy-days related to the events of Esther and Easter don’t always fall within the same week (see below), but to me they definitely tell the same story–the greatest story ever told–a story of faith, hope, charity, service, sacrifice, salvation, and more. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son!

Sidebar: I was curious as to how often the holy-days related to the events of Esther and Easter occur within a week of each other. After a little bit of research, I found that from 2016-2049 we are able to celebrate “Easter with Esther” on the following years:

Thu Mar 24 2016 Purim
Sun Mar 27 2016 Easter Sunday

Sun Mar 24 2024 Purim
Sun Mar 31 2024 Easter Sunday

Tue Mar 23 2027 Purim
Sun Mar 28 2027 Easter Sunday

*Sun Mar 25 2035 Purim
*Sun Mar 25 2035 Easter Sunday

Thu Mar 26 2043 Purim
Sun Mar 29 2043 Easter Sunday

Thu Mar 22 2046 Purim
Sun Mar 25 2046 Easter Sunday

(http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/purim http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/easter-sunday)

Because of HIM! Sharing the Reason for the Easter Season

12 Apr

Beginning Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, and running through Easter, April 20, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring an Easter initiative called, “Because of Him” (#BecauseofHim), focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

So what does this have to do with you??? Well, because of YOU others can know that it is BECAUSE OF HIM that death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning. We can change, we can start over—and we can live again with God.

#BecauseofHim

An example of one of the Easter initiative memes that can be shared to invite others to know more about Christ.

 

Using social media, we can use our circle of influence to extend an invitation for people to consider all that is possible in their lives because of Jesus Christ. We can use our online influence to direct people to visit the web page mormon.org/becauseofhim. Your friends and followers can read the Easter story, learn more about the teachings of Jesus Christ, view the video “Because of Him,” or chat online with a full-time missionary.

#BecauseofHim

Scene from the new Church Easter video, “Because of Him.”

The new video depicts the importance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ compared with various historical events. Brief scenes from the ministry of Jesus Christ are reminders of all that is made possible #BecauseofHim

#BecauseofHim

Scene from the new Church Easter video, “Because of Him.”

 

The Church has purchased the masthead space on YouTube’s homepage for Easter Sunday with hopes of inviting over 100 million people to visit mormon.org/becauseofhim to learn more about Jesus Christ, His atoning sacrifice, and His Resurrection.

WANNA HELP?! Latter-day Saints can get involved in the initiative in several ways. Here are a few suggestions from the Church:

First, for those members using social media, look for daily postings on mormon.org/becauseofhim starting April 13. On the mormon.org/becauseofhim web page, members are encouraged to read and share the written Easter story as well as the “Because of Him” video with friends and acquaintances.

Second, go to the mormon.org Facebook page and “LIKE” the page. This will allow the initiative’s daily postings to appear in a person’s Facebook newsfeed. Each day, a new, sharable graphic will be posted focusing on something made possible “because of Him.” The same thing can be done for those using Google+ or Twitter.

The third way to get involved is by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others using the initiative’s various offerings. When making social media posts, include the hashtag #BecauseofHim. While using social media, members may share personal thoughts and feelings about those things made possible using #BecauseofHim.

For example, on the graphic below is a list of phrases for each day leading up to Easter. You can share your photos that depict the phrase for that day to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc. and include the phrase of the day and #BecauseofHim in your photo description.”

To help promote this initiative, memes and a Photo-A-Day Challenge graphic were created, and you are invited to use these on your sites and social properties.

To help promote this initiative, memes and a Photo-A-Day Challenge graphic were created, and you are invited to use these on your sites and social properties.

Memes have been created, and you are encourage to use these on your sites and social properties on each corresponding day.

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 1, MONDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 1, MONDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 2, TUESDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 2, TUESDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 3, WEDNESDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 3, WEDNESDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 4, THURSDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 4, THURSDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 5, FRIDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 5, FRIDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 6, SATURDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 6, SATURDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 7, SUNDAY

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 7, SUNDAY

Because of YOU

others can know

that it is

BECAUSE OF HIM!

(#BecauseofHim)

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