Try never to call it Easter again…
SAY ‘HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY’!
It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.”
–1 Corinthians 15:52
There are dozens. However, due to constraints of word limit and space dictate, I shall give you only 3 reasons why you should not say, “Happy Easter” but rather “Happy Resurrection Day.”
The word Easter is used only once in the Bible and that too, only in the King James Version, in 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.” In every other translation, the word used is Passover, translation of the Hebrew "pâsach" which means to pass over or spare. We can hear you think, “So what’s the harm if it is called Easter? Why make a big deal of it?” Because it is big deal – it is God’s Passover day, and, for true Christians, the day Jesus Christ. Is there any problem about calling it Easter?
Dear friend, not only is the term Easter not of Christian origin, but what is worse is that it is another form of “Astarte,” one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess; the queen of heaven. The festival of “Pascho” (nothing to do with Passover, even if it sounds similar) held by the early Christians in post-apostolic times was a continuation of the Jewish feast. Please note, it was not instituted by Christ, nor was it connected with Lent. It was harmless enough except that it was from this “Pasch”, the pagan festival of Easter or Astarte originated. It was brought into the Christian hemisphere by Western apostates as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity. Making a big deal? Look at God’s anger against the Israelites in Jeremiah 7:18.
“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”
What, may we ask, is the purpose of Jesus’ resurrection? We believe Romans 4:25 and 5:1 tells us this best:
“He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God... Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
That is what Resurrection Day is all about – the Lord Jesus Christ dying for our offenses and raised by the Holy Spirit for our justification.
Now, can you understand our distress? Our desire to bring in a sanity? What do Easter eggs. Easter kisses and Easter bunnies have to do with the glory of the resurrection? Is it not a travesty to – year after year – call the day after a heathen queen, and do things that distract and water down His glorious work? Our enemy, the devil wants more than anything to remove from the minds of people, the truth and meaning of this day. Don’t join him in his plot!
Happy Resurrection Day to you and your loved ones.
-by The NLTCE News Network