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 (KJV)
This is the only occurrence of the word “Easter” in the Bible and found only in the King James Translation.
The Greek word used is pascha, derived from the Hebrew Pesach or Passover.
By the time the King James Version was translated, Easter was associated with Passover and the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter has its origin in a pagan spring-time celebration.
The church has often attempted to lure such people away from paganism into Christianity with changing these celebrations into one that would include Christianity.
Unfortunately many of the pagan rituals would follow, just like the ones associated with Easter; colored eggs, rabbits, and such.
This is why I am not favorable toward the word “Easter”.
I have read a lot of information that says Easter is associated with the Babylonian god Ishtar. The English word Easter has as its origin the German word Ostern, related to the word for “dawn”.
However when someone says “Easter” to me, I don’t think of Babylonian gods, the dawn, baby chicks, eggs, or rabbits – I think resurrection of Christ.
Concerning the resurrection, Jesus said, “For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” Matt 12:40
The Gospels report the resurrection took place after the Sabbath on the first day of the week.
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. Matt 28:1
They found Jesus had risen from the dead on the first day of the week – Sunday.
Jesus is crucified at Passover, buried, and resurrected on Sunday, the first day of the week. This places Passover that year at sundown on Wednesday. The Hebrew day goes from sundown to sundown and not midnight to midnight like ours.
Passover always falls on the same day, the 15th day of Nisan (Hebrew Calendar).
But that day can drift from year to year into March or April on our calendar.
In order to be buried for three days and night, my opinion is Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, not [Good] Friday.
If you disagree, it’s really not worth fighting over. The fact is Jesus died, was buried, and He is Risen!