Easter is not a Christian holiday. Why? Because the holiday is named for the Pagan goddess Eostre and has nothing to do with the resurrection of our Lord!
Before you become unhinged, let me explain. Brightly colored eggs, white bunnies, and baby chicks have nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection!
Think about it!
Colored Eggs And The Resurrection
Let me begin by asking this question. When Jesus was crucified were there colored eggs, white bunnies or baby chicks at the cross?
No! There were no eggs, fluffy white bunnies or yellow baby chicks at the cross when our Savior gave his life for us! So, why do Christians celebrate the pagan holiday of Easter?
I confess to having once celebrated Easter. I too colored and hunted eggs, the same as other children. I even owned fuzzy yellow baby chicks and a white bunny! It was not until I read a book written by Gerald E. Weston, I learned the truth.
I never knew the origins of Easter or the truth, Mr. Weston describes as “The Neglected Truth.”
Each year Christians celebrate Easter without giving any thought of the reason they are celebrating Easter. Most never consider that Easter, chicks, and bunnies have nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The Crucifixion of Jesus supposedly happened on Good Friday and his resurrection is said to have occurred earlyEaster Sunday. However, according to Gerald Weston is a contradiction to the prophecy of Jesus as the prophesied Messiah in scripture!
Why The Celebration Of Easter Deny Jesus As The Messiah?
Millions of Christians claim Jesus as their Savior but neglect to understand his crucifixion and why the celebrating of Easter denies the very prophecy which proves Jesus to be who he claimed!
Christians should stop and ask what celebrating Easter means if they believe Jesus is the promised Messiah and Son of God. As followers of Christ either, we believe him to be the promised Messiah or we don’t!
We can not have it both ways if we confess to be true believers and followers of Jesus and believe the Biblical prophecies of the Messiah.
Though there are over 300 prophecies in the Bible which prove Jesus is who He professed to be, I will only discuss five in this article.
For some Christians, Easter is more than a holiday. New clothes, brightly colored eggs, bunnies, and yellow chicks make Easter their most holy holiday but what of the resurrection and crucifixion of Jesus?
Children are too young to understand what the brightly colored eggs, new clothes, and yellow chicks symbolize and why they have nothing to do with the resurrection. Many well-meaning parents have neglected to teach their off-spring the true meaning of the Resurrection!
Parents themselves need to understand why colored eggs, new clothes, and bunnies have nothing to do with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Parents have been lying to their children for generations about why Easter is celebrated, passing the lie along with the tradition to their children.
When will it end!
Pagan, Symbols Of Easter
The main pagan symbols of Easter is represented by rabbits, the symbol of fertility for Istra or Ishtar, a well-known goddess of fertility. But fertility has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus as the Messiah!
Let’s look at the Easter Egg, another symbol of fertility traced back to Babylonian, where a giant egg is said to have fallen from the sky landing in the Euphrates river, which the goddess of Astarte supposedly hatched.
Sounds like a charming fairy tale for kids but it is a Lie!
I understand why some may ask, so what if we believe in rabbits, eggs, new clothes, and baby chicks? And never ask what this has to do with Jesus and the resurrection. How does any of this affect our beliefs in the resurrection of Jesus? It does not hurt anything.
Not true! If there was no God and or the resurrection of Jesus did not exist, then it would be different. However, God does exist, so does the Bible and so does Jesus the Son of God!
God told Moses, “Israel should have no other Gods before me” (Ex 23:12 KJV).
Nothing has changed for 21st Century Christians! We also must have no other Gods if we are followers of Jesus Christ. The symbols of Easter are pagan, with no place in the resurrection of Jesus!
The Rock of Christ is what Christians are baptized into, with Jesus as the spiritual food that feeds us. It is the same spiritual food which makes us members of the family of God.
The Apostle Paul wrote,” Moreover brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized and eat the same spiritual food and drink as our fathers drank of that spiritual drink, which is and was that Rock and was Christ”(1 Cor. 10:1-4), and the human birth of Jesus was inspired by the same God of Exodus 23:13.
We must understand these words were written by Paul about the human birth of Jesus and was foretold in the Bible. And should make all the difference in the world to what followers of Jesus believe and accept about Easter.
If we are faithful followers of Christ, we must obey the Bible, which is the word of God! For Jesus said, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord yet do not do the things which I say”(Luke 6:46).
The Truth of Three Days And Three Nights
Jesus Christ gave us five signs that prove He is the Messiah of scripture. He also gave us a symbol of his resurrection, from the Book of Jonah. The sign was the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights as was Jesus in the tomb three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40).
Jesus was in the tomb for 72 hours, which is three full days. Not 2.5 but 72 hours! The scriptures tell us Jesus spent 72 hours in the grave. Traditionally it is believed to have been from “Good Friday to early Sunday morning, However, to count from Friday sundown to early Sunday is not 72 hours. Also, we need to account for the Jewish Passover and sundown.
I have included a chart from Gerald E. Weston book entitled; Easter, The Untold Story.
Gerald E. Weston; Easter, The Untold Story, p.19-20. Living Church of God, February 2018, Thomas Nelson, Inc. Publishers, edition 1.2.
More Proof Of The Timeline of Jesus’ Resurrection
According to Gerald E. Western, Easter, The Untold Story, p.22-24,
“Jesus was put in the tomb right at sunset, but some count a few minutes before as day one. Friday night would be one night; the daylight portion of Saturday would be the second day and Saturday night would make the second night, If Jesus rose Sunday morning after sunrise we might count that as day three, but where is the third night?”
We cannot count a few minutes of daylight at the start of the new day as the beginning and end of a day as two of three days.
This brings us to another question, Did Jesus mean He would be in the grave for three days and nights if he was placed in the tomb late Friday and supposedly arose early Sunday morning. Well, Jesus meant exactly what He said in Matt 12:40 as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and nights (Jonah 1:17).
Scripture is specific on the amount of time Jesus is expected to be in the grave (Mark 8:31 & Luke 24:46-47). Jesus was to remain in the tomb for 72 hours as in Matt 12:40 and Jonah 1:17!
The time is more than precise!
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