What Easter Means to Me

Easter means many things to a wide variety of people. Many people think of Easter egg hunts and the Easter Bunny leaving baskets of goodies for kids. Then there are those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Even if you don’t believe that part, it is very hard to dispute that a man named Jesus was persecuted and crucified in ancient Israel. Evidence supports the fact of His trial and execution. For me that man, that perfect and sinless man, not only died on the cross, but rose again. He is my Lord and Savior. 

I came to know Jesus Christ while going through some pretty intense struggles in my life. I found a faith-based recovery program called Justin’s Place. Through the different phases of the program, I was exposed to the life-giving water of God’s word, the Bible. This exposure to Scripture, something in which I had minimal belief, began a process. I started to see my life for what it was and what it could become through the teachings of Jesus Christ. After a very small step of faith, I came to the realization that maybe this could be what I had been looking for in my search for meaning. In Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) you will read, “Forget the former things; Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” I am comforted by this verse because it tells me all will be well. 

This Sunday, I will celebrate the life, death, and the resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He died for my sins, your sins, and the sins of the world. He then rose again to become the Living God that has changed my life.  Easter means so many things to so many different people, but for me, it means salvation and hope of a new life.



Matt Minnis will soon be graduating from the Justin’s Place Recovery Program. He currently assists the St. Matthew’s House marketing department with writing, photography, and events.