THE TRUTH ABOUT EASTER
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
WHAT IS EASTER?
Easter is the celebration of the bodily resurrection of Jesus which, according to the Bible, occurred three days after His crucifixion (Matthew 12:40; John 2:19-21). He was crucified as a sacrifice for us--as a substitute (Isaiah 53:4-6)--where our sins were put upon Him (1 Peter 2:24), and He died with them. He was a sacrifice (Hebrews 9:26; 10:12); and when we trust in the sacrifice of Christ for forgiveness of our sins, then we can be justified by faith (Romans 5:1).
WHERE DID THE WORD ‘EASTER’ COME FROM?
The word "Easter" is not found in the Bible except in the King James Version. Acts 12:4, "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." The greek word translated is pascha which means Passover.
- Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover."
- "The name, which has been attested as early as the eighth century A.D., is believed to have derived from annual sacrifices in honor of Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess. The Eastern Church, following the practice of early Jewish Christians, first observed the celebration on the fourteenth of Nisan, the first day of Passover. The Western church, following the Gospel accounts of Christ’s resurrection (Matt. 28:1), set the festival on a Sunday, the first to follow the new moon which occurs on or immediately after the vernal (spring) equinox as determined by the Council of Nicaea (325); thus the dates for Easter ranges from March 22 to April 25."
Clearly, Easter is not commanded by God, was not observed by the Apostles of Christ, and only became part of Christianity after there had been deviation from New Testament Christianity.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OBSERVING EASTER?
Observing Easter in honor and memorial of Christ can be categorized as not abiding in the doctrine of Christ. 2John vs 9 “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
It must be noted though that using the word ‘Easter’ is not wrong as long as it is purely descriptive and not in reference to religious observance. For instance, Saturday is named in honor of the pagan god of agriculture—Saturn. Does that mean we cannot use the word to refer to that day of the week? When we celebrate our birthdays, by what biblical authority are we doing that? Does it mean we are sinning since there is no biblical authority for birthday celebration? No! Rom.14:5
When you observe Easter and all the traditions attached to it, it is not God you are worshipping but man. Read Matt. 15:7, 8
- Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent, in which the Pastor applies ashes to the foreheads of Christians to signify an inner repentance.
2. Lent (Latin: Quadragesima - English: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday.
3. Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. It has fallen on March 29, 2015
4. Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries) is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.
5. Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday proceeding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the last term properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.
6. Holy Saturday (Latin: Sabbatum Sanctum) i.e. the Saturday of Holy Week, also known as the Great Sabbath, Black Saturday, or Easter Eve, and called "Joyous Saturday" or "the Saturday of Light" among Coptic Christians, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb.
7. Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary c. AD 30. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
8. Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is celebrated as a holiday in some largely Christian cultures, especially Catholic and Eastern Christian cultures. Easter Monday in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar is the second day of the octave of Easter Week.
All these are alien to the doctrine of Christ as revealed in the Scriptures.
WHAT IS TRUE?
TRUTH IS “GOD DOES NOT WANT MAN TO HONOR OR WORSHIP HIM WITH WHAT HE HAS NOT ASKED OR INSTRUCTED!”
It is true that Christ made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Luke 19:28-40
It is true that he observed fast for 40 days and 40 nights after His baptism. Luke 4:1-2
It is true that he died, was buried and on the third day he resurrected from the dead. Matt. 27:33-36; Luke 23:33; John 19:17-18; Matt 28:5-7; Luke 24:1-7; 2Tim. 2:8
He was seen by over 500 people after His resurrection. 1Cor.15:3-8
He was unequivocal in stating what He wants His disciples to do in memory of His death, burial and resurrection—The Lord’s Supper, The Last Supper or Holy Communion. Matt.26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-20
It is when you stick to the teachings of Jesus Christ that you are His disciple.
You will know the truth and it will give you freedom. John 8:31-32
I remain yours without dross
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