The Easter tradition around the world annually competes with Christmas to be the most syncretistic season in Christianity. The passion of Christ, including His death, burial, and resurrection, which took place during the Passover, is the central event in history. In the Great Exchange that Christ accomplished on the cross, He took the sin of His people and gave them His righteousness.
As Christianity began to spread around the world, it encountered religions of many kinds. These religions already had their own traditions and, as I said, traditions mark the rhythm and expectations of life; they govern how we move from stage to stage as we pass through its major events.
- The First Word – Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
- The Second Word – I assure you, today you will be with Me in
- The Third Word – Dear woman, here is your son.
- The Fourth Word – My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?
- The Fifth Word – I am thirsty.
- The Sixth Word – It is finished.
- The Seventh Word – Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.
Not all traditions are bad or ill advised, but perhaps we should question the traditions that our culture uses to guide us through life. Could we begin some new traditions in our families and churches that would be more honoring to the Lord? Of course, we can. However, it might surprise some among us to find that better traditions will come from brothers and sisters in other cultures of God’s world. The church in other countries just might have some correcting truths and traditions for the church in the
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
(Eph 4:4-6 )