Easter Monday is a Christian holiday observed the day after Easter Sunday.
It is a public holiday in some countries and is celebrated as a day of rest after the religious celebrations of Easter.
Although In the New Testament of the Bible, Easter Monday is not explicitly mentioned, the events surrounding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the central event of the Christian faith and is celebrated on Easter Sunday, are described in several books of the New Testament, including Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
In many countries, Easter Monday is a time to spend with family and friends, often with a meal or outing.
Overall, the activities and traditions associated with Easter Monday vary widely depending on the country and culture.
Still, the day is generally seen as a time to continue celebrating Easter and spending time with loved ones.
What happened on Easter Monday in the Bible
According to the Gospels, on the Sunday following the crucifixion of Jesus, several women went to the tomb where he was buried to anoint his body with spices.
When they arrived, they found the stone that sealed the tomb had been rolled away and empty.
An angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead and was no longer there.
In some cultures, Easter Monday is also a time to continue the festive atmosphere of Easter with church services, music, and dancing.
It is an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the significance of the Easter story and the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are two significant days for Christianity and its many different denominations because people who observe them think that this is when Jesus rose from the grave after being crucified.
Easter Sunday celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus, and for Christians, it is a day of great joy and celebration, marking the victory of life over death and the triumph of hope over despair.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.-
Why is Easter Monday Celebrated
Christians celebrate the notion that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter. Three days after Pontius Pilate crucified and killed Jesus on the cross in about 30 A.D., the event is claimed to have taken place, at least according to the New Testament of the Bible.
The occasion marks the end of the “Passion of Christ,” a sequence of occasions and celebrations that began with Lent and included 40 days of sacrifice, fasting, and prayer.
Holy Week, he also included the Last Supper of Jesus with his 12 disciples on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, when his crucifixion was commemorated, and Easter Sunday.
Easter’s main goal also entails ultimately affirming everything that Jesus said and did during his three-year ministry.
Is it Good for Christians to Celebrate Easter?
Although the bible didn’t make any specific claims about such celebrations, one sure thing recorded in the is that Christ rose from the dead, having Dominion over sin and death and giving us the liberty not to be under the yoke of sin anymore.
This victory over death and sin allowed Christians to mark the special day and believed that christ rose from the dead as a special day to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
What does the Bible Say about Easter
The Gospels, which focus primarily on Easter, claim that only God could revive His Son from the grave. However, the Bible is silent regarding the precise mechanics of the resurrection.
Additionally, no eyewitnesses to this miracle are mentioned in the New Testament. Still, we have accounts of the empty tomb, an angel announcing the resurrection, appearances of the Risen Lord, and confessions supporting this belief in the Gospels, as recorded in the following passages of the Bible.
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.-
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.-
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?-
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:-
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.-
What we Celebrate on Easter
Christians celebrate Easter as a time to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, the main event in their religion, and the triumph of life over death.
Take away the resurrection, and you lose Christianity, as the great church philosopher Augustine had said. Researchers claim Easter symbolizes a “historical” Christian holiday that the Bible extensively records, whereas Jesus’ birth in the stable is only a religious myth.
The above context has made us understand that Christ’s resurrection and trump over death is the reason for the celebration.
It is important for us to understand the sacrifice that Christ made on the Calvary cross to give us redemption and salvation.
As Christians celebrate easter, it is evident proof that Christianity is a living religion because the bringer of such religion lives forever and has dominion over sin and death, just as the Bible recorded that christ lives on high and has triumphed over sin and all its stains.
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.-
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.-
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,-
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.-
Easter is undoubtedly one of the most important days in the Christian calendar since it commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Easter Monday marks the conclusion of the holy week festivities before the start of the regular workweek.
In several nations around the world, it is a national holiday.
The word “Easter Monday” was first used in the 15th century. For Christians, the Monday following Easter, observed on Sundays, has a special religious meaning.
All Christ-followers get together to commemorate the ‘Messiah’s’ coming to Earth in their unique ways, even though many cultures observe the day differently. The “Monday of the Angel” is what the Catholic Church prefers to call it.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.-
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.-
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:-
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.-