Today, Easter can mean anything from chocolates and holidays to new life.
Pastor Gordon Bassett, from The Baldivis Church, said the meaning of Easter was as potent as ever and relevant to modern society.
He said Easter was about the crucifixion and resurrection and was a chance to start anew.
‘There can be no resurrection without crucifixion,’ he said.
‘We are focusing on the resurrection part, where Easter is a new beginning.’
He said Easter had become a very commercial presentation to most people.
‘Whereas I see Easter from the Christian perspective,’ he said.
‘I see it as a life-changing opportunity.
‘I believe there is value in it.
‘People want to see something that they can apply to their own marriage, family, sense of self-worth and wellbeing.’
Pastor Bassett did not agree that Easter had lost its meaning.
‘People say the church is dying but it’s not,’ he said.
‘We have 400 people regularly attend church on the weekend and our numbers are growing.’
He said the Easter message could be applied to modern society and the complex problems it faced.
‘Everyone makes mistakes and Easter is an opportunity to start again,’ he said.
‘There is relevance to the message that can be practically applied to people’s lives today.’
He said Easter would be a celebration for his congregation.
‘Easter is a pinnacle or crossroads in our history,’ he said.
‘It is a promise of new life through Christ.
‘It is the high point of the church calendar year.’