What Is Easter Really About
Easter is coming upon us once again. As a child "I would go to church to hear about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ" wearing my new Easter clothes and afterwards we would color eggs, hunt them and eat the candy we received from the Easter bunny. It was fun! Being little I did not see that there was a problem with hunting Easter eggs. Easter egg hunts, candy and the Easter bunny were apart of our culture and tradition.
So what is the big deal about Easter being celebrated? The problem is it has meshed with Christianity. A pagan celebration has become incorporated into the church and is a parallel to the celebration of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. The bible tells us to not worship other gods and this includes Easter (good feeling gone huh).
Exodus 20:3 KJV Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Deuteronomy 11:16 KJV Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deuteronomy 11:28 AMP and the curse, if you do not listen to and obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following (acknowledging, worshiping) other gods which you have not known.
It is important to understand what we are celebrating.
What are the origins of the pagan celebration (Easter)?
The real meaning of Easter – ....The name Easter comes from an ancient European goddess of the dawn called Eostre by the Anglo-Saxons and Ostara by the Germanic peoples. She is also known as Eostra, Eostrae, Eostar, Eastre, Easter, Estre, Eástre, and Austra by various European peoples. Her name means “movement towards the rising sun” and is related to the Indo-European root word Aus which means “to shine”. The English words estrus and estrogen are also derived from her name. She was considered the goddess of the growing light and spring, associated with fertility and celebrated with a festival of rebirth. One story has her entertaining children by performing a trick that changed her pet bird into a rabbit. This rabbit then laid colored eggs that she gave to the children. Given the history of these ideas which date back to at least 2000 years before the Christian era, it should be no surprise that the original symbols and practices of Easter persist today, just as our ancestors once celebrated them....
Early Conversion Attempts"Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it."
- Will Durant, "The Story of Civilization"
When Judeo-Christians attempted to convert pagans from their traditional beliefs, the native people of Europe were initially resistant to discarding the beliefs and values that had guided them successfully for thousands of years. Realizing that it was difficult to get people to give up their relation to nature and the recollection of their past, the Judeo-Christian conversion effort adopted and modified the pagan traditions, while replacing cyclical nature with an invisible, inert god and a personal, linear human idol to worship as its representation.
The chosen people of the Judeo-Christian God did not like the worship of nature and knew this would be harmful to the successful propagation of their beliefs.So he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house; and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.
- Ezekiel 8:16
Thus says the Lord: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles."
- Jeremiah 10:2
In some translations the word "Gentiles" is replaced by "Heathens", but the two words have the same meaning:Gentiles. All the people who were not Jews were so called by them, being aliens from the worship, rites and privileges of Israel. The word was used contemptuously by them. In the New Testament Greek is often used as its synonym.
- Peloubet's Bible Dictionary
What is Passover
(Houghton Mifflin) n.noun
A holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan and traditionally continuing for eight days, commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. Jews celebrate their release from Egyptian bondage by God. ” Exodus 12:24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.” For Christians Passover is remembering Jesus!
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, Matthew 26:2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Jesus is telling His disciples that He will be crucified on the Jewish Passover.
What are the origins of the Christian celebration
The origins of the Christian celebration are the Cross, His Blood and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Thank you Lord Jesus for Saving Us!
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in Passover lamb all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The cross, the blood of the last Passover Lamb, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is what Christians come together to honor and celebrate. We worship and obey the Lord and Savior with gratitude for forgiveness of our sins through the power of His spilled blood, the grace and love of God, and through our faith. We rejoice that we are no longer by nature children of God's wrath and heirs of His indignation.
Luke 22:15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”. Jews celebrate Passover remembering God’s promise of a deliverer, for Christians death no longer has a sting or power over them. Our Savior and Lord is risen from the dead and life eternal is ours.
As Christians we are to celebrate the fulfillment of the promised redeemer, Jesus Christ. It is a choice to let down old traditions that do not honor our Lord Jesus Christ and begin to adhere to His Word and live out His Truth. God Bless you all!
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