He is Risen! Risen Indeed!
Some of you who read here believe that “Easter” really has pagan origins. Depending on who/what you deem to be reliable sources will largely shape your view on the subject.
Resurrection Day, however, does not!
I don’t have a problem that most of the Body of Christ celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter because as far as the WORLD is concerned, they have no idea of any paganism that may or not be a part of Easter celebrations. By and large, the world thinks we’re celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, in spite of egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. And if we can draw attention to Jesus and Who He is and show the World the glory of God, then, YAY!
Some who read here believe that it is rebellion to celebrate Easter and that we should instead celebrate the appointed time of Passover given to Israel.
Jesus did celebrate Passover. And as He did so for the last time, He established a NEW observance, that of remembering that His Body was broken and His Blood was shed for the remission of our sins. He lived by the Law in His observance of the Feast(s), the shadow of things to come, and then instructed us to remember Him and what He did (Luke 22:14-20). We are to honor the fulfillment of Who the Law with it’s feasts foreshadowed, not the shadows themselves.
And He Lives! And we celebrate that He lives! Every day that we reside among the living, not just on “Easter”. We, as a family, do not choose to do the egg thing or the basket thing or the bunny thing. It’s just not how we feel we can best honor what Jesus did. We celebrate an empty tomb and the living Christ. Do we praise and worship and lift the name of Jesus up on “Easter”, the day that most of the World recognizes as the celebration of His resurrection? You Bet! And we are worshipping and honoring JESUS, not a pagan sun god! My big girls, when they update the wet-erase calendar on our fridge, draw a picture of an empty tomb with the stone rolled away, so I think it’s safe to say they get what we’re really celebrating =o).
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