The Origins of Easter are rooted in European traditions. The name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Esatre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the Goddess of Spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe.
A festival called Esatre was held during the spring. Equinox by these people to honor her. The Goddess Esatre’s earthly symbol was the RABBIT, which was also known as a symbol of fertility.
Originally, there were some very pagan (and sometimes utterly evil), practices that went along with the celebration. TODAY EASTER IS ALMOST A COMPLETELY COMMERCIALIZED HOLIDAY . WITH ALL THE FOCUS ON EASTER EGGS AND THE EASTER BUNNY BEING REMNANTS OF THE GODDESS WORSHIP.
In the Christian Faith, Easter has become to mean the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, three days after His Crucifixion. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year because of the significance of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The event upon which Christianity is based.
Easter Sunday is preceded by the season of Lent. A 40 day period of Fasting and Repentance culminating in Holy Week. This is followed by a 50 day Easter season that stretches from Easter to Pentecost.
Because of the Commercialization and Pagan Origin of Easter, many churches prefer to refer to it as “Resurrection Sunday.” The rational is the more we focus on Christ and the less we focus on the pagan holiday, the better.
As previously mentioned, the Resurrection of Christ is the central theme of Christianity. Apostle Paul says that without this, our faith is futile.
1 Corinthians 15:17 AND IF CHRIST IS NOT RISEN, YOUR FAITH IS FUTILE, YOU ARE STILL IN YOUR SINS.
1. What more of a wonderful reason could we have to celebrate?
2. What is important is the true reason behind our celebration, which is that Christ was resurrected from the dead, making it possible for us to have Eternal Life.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Brothers and sisters, should you and I celebrate Easter or allow our children and grand children to go on Easter Egg Hunts?
This is a question for which both parents and church leaders sometimes struggle with. There is nothing essentially evil about painting and hiding eggs and having children search for them.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT?
What is important is our focus. If our focus is on Christ and not the eggs, our children will understand that the eggs are just a game. Children can participate in an Easter Egg hunt as long as the true meaning of the day is explained and emphasized. This ultimately must be left up to the discretion of the parents.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries