Today, Sunday April 24, 2011, people are getting dressed in new outfits to go to church. For some its their second command appearance (Christmas being the other) if they want to keep their membership in the C&E Christian Club.
I remember doing this day as a child and for many years in “traditional” church services. Churches will drag the cross out of storage, dust it off, prop it up on stage and get ready for the day. Special events and music produtions are planned and performed. There will be baskets of candy for the children, chocolate bunny rabbits, and colored eggs to look for and so many activities to do that have little to nothing to do with the Resurrection from the dead of Jesus of Nazareth that day in Jerusalem 32-33 A.D.
There are plenty of other teachers, scholars, web sites and You Tube videos to explain the pagan origins of Easter for me to go into that here. Search them out. Research the topic and then you decided what to do as the Spirit leads.
No, I have another bone to pick today with this day.
The early Book of Acts church and the church for almost 300 years never celebrated an “Easter Sunday”. It was another anti-Semetic result of the Council of Nicea to absorb the pagan Sun worship into Christianity as a way to attract more pagans. This “seek friendly” approach to religion was mean to absorb nonbelievers into the church. And, it was a way to further distance the church from any connection to the Jewish feast of Passover and water down the Gospel. In my opinion, NOTHING good came from the Council of Nicea and Constantine’s inteference with the church. I know that there are some, especially Roman Catholic believers, who disagree with me. From someone steeped in Roman Catholicism (elementary, high school and university) for 32 years of my life its an argument you cannot win. As the old Carman song would say…”I’ve Been Delivered”!
No, I will leave that for another day, another rant.
What bothers me about this commercialized, trivialized day the world calls Ishtar…I mean Easter is that we were never called to, inspired to or taught to in The Word of God to celebrate this day….JUST ONCE A YEAR. It’s supposed to be a part of our everyday walk, worship and inspiration. We were called to take communion every time we got together with other Believers and acknowledged His death and resurrection from the dead.
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
(Luke 22:19, New King James Version)
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47, New King James Version)
If He’s not raised from the dead then we have faith in just another religion. By acknowledging it every day we partake of His death and resurrection and all that goes with it. The intimacy and emotional investment that it will give you will change your walk and therefore change your life. And, the daily affirmation of the Resurrected Life gives us hope at a time when hope is in little supply.
If you want to keep chasing bunny rabbits and making colored eggs in honor of the pagan fertility rites that inspired them, that’s up to you.
However, if you want a real, personal relationship with Yeshua/Jesus as Lord and Savior then try the daily approach. Get some unleavened bread (Matzoh) from your local grocery store, some grape juice and everytime you get together with other Believers (even just family) take communion and remember what He did for you.
As with everything else the Lord God did for us – its your choice.Shalom & Blessings, Richard J Grund Director, Solomon’s Porch