Does the Easter Holiday Confuse you?? Is it
a Godly time? How should we as CHRISTians celebrate Easter???
The Bible has only ONE mention of EASTER.
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. (Acts 12:4).
Regarding this passage the my Concordance says;
4) Translated Easter in Acts 12:4. A possible explanation for this rendering is the following. This refers to the pagan festival of Astarte also known as "Ishtar" and pronounced as Easter by us. This festival was held in late April around the time of the Passover. In its original form, a celebration of the earth's "regenerating" itself after the winter season. The festival involved the celebration of reproduction. The common symbols of Easter were the rabbit and the egg (for obvious reasons). Astarte was the main female deity and is known in the Bible as the "Queen of Heaven", Jer. 7:18, 44:17-25. She is the mother of Tammuz (Eze. 8:14) who was also her husband. These perverted rituals take place at sunrise on Easter morning. (Eze. 8:13-16). The key to understanding Acts 12:4 is in the previous verse. It was in the "days of unleavened bread". The Passover was the feast before the days of unleaven bread so this word does not refer to the Passover but some event after the Passover. Herod was not a Jew, and could care less about the Passover. However, it is quite likely he kept Easter, and wanted to slay James to add a little interest to his feast day.
According to history Christmas started around the year 300 a.d. As I understand, the Roman emperor Augustine; later given the title St. Augustine; became a Christian. HE requested that all his people to become Christians. The people loved their new ruler and were glad to follow the Christian beliefs.
Soon it became obvious, they did miss their
pagan holidays; especially the winter festivals in honor of the
gods of winter and the spring festivals in honor of the Greek
goddess Ester. From this many of our non-Christian ideas have
come; such as the Easter Bunny and Frosty the Snowman. Augustine
wanted his people to be happy. At his mother suggestion he declared
that winter festival would be celebrated as Christ-mass; hence
Christmas, and spring festival would be resurrection day.
|Obviously the resurrection of Christ of Lord is tied to and around the Passover. But Easter has nothing to do with the resurrection, Christ, or the Passover.|
Since the Passover and Christ seem to have much in common, let's look at what they have to do with each other.
In Exodus the 12th. chapter the Lord told Moses to have each household to pick a lamb;1 year old without any blemishes; and set it aside from the rest of the herd. On the 14th. day at evening they were to kill the lamb and to shake the blood on both door posts and over the top. Then to eat a feast in the house and no-one should leave the house till morning. During the night the Lord would come into the land and kill the first born male of each family. but he would PASSOVER any house with the blood on the door. From this day on the PASSOVER should observed in remembrance of when the Lord passed over Israel.
|That night after the Lord passed over Egypt the Pharaoh called Moses and told him to take Israel and all it's belongings and leave before all of Egypt died. Israel left in such a hurry that they didn't have time to let the dough raise for the bread they took with them. The Lord told Moses to make the feast of unleavened bread part of the Passover. For seven days they are not to have ANY leavening in their house. Exodus 23:15-16|
How does this effect us as CHRISTians?? Jesus is our Passover lamb. It is because of him ; "dying and shedding his blood on the cross" which is our doorway to salvation; that the Lord PASSES OVER our sins that we will not spend eternity in hell. I celebrate the PASSOVER in remembrance and praise of Jesus
Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Joh 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Ac 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
- Ac 8:35
Re 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD could be celebrated as the Jews do, or since the New Testament speaks of leaven as SIN. We should spend 7 days searching our houses, our lives (both spiritual and physical) and even the work place for signs of sin ,which causes separation from the Lord.
Ga 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
1Co 5:6 Your glorying [is] not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.
Even though we are of the spirit and not of the law we should remember that which God has ordained
17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Since the Lord ordained that we should observe these feasts and Christ did not change this then we should observe them. Not as a point of law, but as a way to remember our Lord in his death, burial, and resurrection.In doing so we'll get a new understanding, and draw closer to Jesus.
For more information on how to honor the Passover or comments E-mail Mike@fishermansnet.com