The True Meaning of “Easter”
Fluffy Bunnies, Chocolates, & Ornamental Eggs:
But Where is Jesus?
Imagine a warm sunny spring Sunday afternoon in April, in your view is a swarm of sugar-crazed children feverishly searching for colorfully decorated eggs.
As these children dash across the freshly cut lawns of the front and back yards of private residences, public parks, and surprisingly, even churches, in their newly purchased patented-leather dress shoes, their heads and more importantly their hearts fill with fanciful visions of buck-toothed furry rabbits and chocolate eggs.
This scene and countless others just like it, too often signify what many Christians believe it means to celebrate “Easter.” Button-nosed bunnies, cream-filled chocolates, Sunday suits and dresses, and of course eggs.
The “Easter” that millions of Christians, throughout the globe, revel in each year is not rooted in the merciless death and miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ; which, is detailed in the 27th & 28th chapters of the book of Matthew.
Instead, Christians, the world over, unconsciously take part in the pagan celebration of the man-made Norwegian fertility goddess Eastre, for whom “Easter” is named.
Each year, masses of Christians, make merriment in the futile celebration of fuzzy bunnies, chocolates, and eggs which are all tokens used to worship this idol and have throughout the decades, wrongfully, come to represent an event that is so vital to the Christian faith.
Sadly, Jesus’ resurrection has been and continues to be commingled with idolatry and paganism.
Nevertheless, as Christians, we must understand that “Easter” is not a day to mindlessly gorge ourselves with copious amounts of sugary confections, as we send our children on quests to collect vibrantly-colored hidden clumps of protein.
Instead, it is a day in which, we should not only recognize, but also and more importantly honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died, was resurrected on the third day, and ascended to Heaven to sit on the right hand of His father and make intercession for us.
Additionally, we must remember that Jesus’ death and resurrection is essential to our salvation because through them He justified us:
25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
(Romans 4:25, New International Version)
Without these crucial events, we would never have been forgiven of our sins, reconciled to God, given a new life in Christ, and made worthy to receive eternal life in Heaven:
3 “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
5 “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
8 “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.”
11 “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
(Romans 6: 3-11, New International Version)
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, Jesus gave His life, and was resurrected on the third day and through this miraculous event, made the glorious promise of eternal life, in Heaven, to all who shall believe in Him.
The “Easter” that so many Christians celebrate, each year, has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus or His resurrection.
Thus, as Christians, we must make a conscious effort to cease participating in the celebration of an idol god because through our participation we are placing another god before the Lord, which he commands us not to do:
3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”
(Exodus 20:3-5 New International Version)
Ultimately, we discount the significance of Jesus Christ’s resurrection by partaking in the paganistic rituals that have come to signify “Easter.” Furthermore, we also disinherit ourselves from being joint-heirs with Him by participating in this pagan celebration because we are, essentially, denying His resurrection and “if we deny him, he will also deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12 New International Version)
And, in the end, as Christians, we do not want to forfeit the promise of eternal life, in Heaven, by rejecting His miraculous resurrection.
Sis. Niealie Petit