Easter! What does it mean?
Google it and click on images because a picture is worth a thousand words.
You will see eggs, chicks, pastel colors, green grass, pretty flowers, and bunny rabbits.
You might see on picture of an empty tomb and another of “Jesus” riding an Easter bunny out of at empty tomb, leaving a trail of eggs behind.
I got news for you – most of those things aren’t Easter if it’s about the resurrection of Christ. Or maybe the resurrection of Christ isn’t Easter and the rest of those things are.
The word is only found once in the KJV Bible in Acts 12:4 – 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.
The Greek word used is pascha and a lexicon says it means Passover. Other translations will also say Passover.
Jesus was crucified at Passover. The idea of Easter is to [supposedly] celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Check your calendar and you see Easter on March 27, 2016 and Passover on April 22-23.
If Passover is the anniversary of the crucifixion and Easter the anniversary of the resurrection – then someone has the cart before the horse this year.
So who is right and who is wrong? I’ll try to answer that this week until then just celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today… and tomorrow… and the next day. In fact, celebrate Him each and every day.
I am alive because of Him. I am born again because of Him. I live each day because of Him.