What Will Be Your Real Focus Today?
Is it About Eggs, Bunnies and Candy or Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross?
“And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.” -Ex 23:13 (NKJV)
Easter on the surface is a nice, innocent, pretty time filled with gifts, parties, celebrations, new clothes, flowers, colored eggs, bunnies and Easter egg hunts. But its history is dark, evil and highly pagan!
Because it’s a pleasurable fun time for young and old the ancient symbolism I will describe below how it still plays out in our contemporary Christian culture. Also, this is one of the two times each year that churches are usually well attended; the other being Christmas. It also brings to mind the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave; many say this is the holiest time of the year. Biblically, this is a grand time for a Christian, a time of remembering what Christ did on the cross for us; His complete payment for our sins through His shedding of His blood in His death, burial and resurrection. But will this be the focus for Christians outside the church or will Christ be sadly put aside as we exit our services and engage in our own meaning of this time of year?
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2- Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the Lord your God. 3- After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 4- Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God. 5- Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord.” -Lev 18:1-5 (KJV)
There is a very dark and evil side to this tradition of men of ages gone by. How? First of all, the celebration of Easter is no where to be found in God’s word – the Bible. The Apostles and the early church did not follow it. In fact, Easter is a pagan festival filled with heathen symbolism and represents the worship of idols and goddesses.
The word or name Easter comes from an ancient heathen goddess who represented fertility and sex. This pagan goddess Easter has been known by many names: Asherah, Ishatar, Venus, Astoreth, Eostre and Ostara.
The ancient Babylonians celebrated the beginning of spring with a festival honoring the resurrection of the goddess, Tammuz. Tammuz is actually mentioned in the Bible in Eze 8:13-14. The Lord called worship of this kind – abominable! Additionally, the celebration and worship of the Easter tradition is a violation of the very first commandment of God:
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” -Ex 20:3 (KJV)
The Easter festival or time of year is a age old tradition that has “infected” multiple civilizations from ancient Babylon (a nation deeply rooted in the occult and idol worship) to America right here and now. I could go on and on about this festival as it relates to evil gods and idols but suffice it to say this is not a time to be remembering what Christ did on the cross with symbols like: ‘mourning’ for lent, worshiping eggs, bunnies, or chocolate rabbits.
The enemy of our souls – Satan – has cunningly established “Easter” as a dark covering that snuffs out and blinds many to the real meaning for this time of the year. It should be about God’s Feast of Passover – and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.
Passover marks the time the Exodus from Egypt; as the Hebrews left their captors after the ten plagues levied on them by God Himself. Passover is mentioned in the Bible many times and certainly in Acts 12:4 where the Greek transliteration of the word Easter is really ‘pesach‘ or Passover. Passover marks a solemn time and commemoration of deliverance and freedom from Egyptian captivity. It is a time to remember and reflect in humility and thanksgiving. It is not about rabbits, eggs or chocolate!
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. ” -Prov 4:14 (KJV)
Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples before going to the cross and His death is symbolic of His sacrifice for us. Just as the lamb was slain and its blood placed on the lintel and door posts of all the Hebrew homes the night before their deliverance from Egypt, escaping from the tenth plaque that was to destroy all the firstborn, so Christ’s blood shed for us on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. This is what Passover means to us today – a time to remember, pray and seek Him recalling His death on the cross, burial, during the time of the Passover and Unleavened Bread Feasts and ultimately His resurrection on the third day.
This is a great time to praise and worship God’s Son Jesus Christ. We should be recalling what this means to us, praying and telling others of this good news. Actually, this should be celebrated every day not just once a year.
This should be a time of great celebration and reflection in the Lord: a time for deep personal introspection, a time to win souls, a time to bring people closer to the Lord, a time to seek Him in personal prayer and a time of healing. We should shun the pagan [and evil] symbols of Easter and have no association with them for they are not of God. God wants to be worshiped in spirit and truth and wants nothing to do with Easter goddesses served up with idolatry. But I dare say that at family and friends gatherings this Sunday people will be eating and drinking with little if any conversation about what this time of year should really be about. Little discussion on the reason Christ came, died and was resurrected. Rare talk about salvation and the forgiveness of our sins. And even rarer engagement in repentance. So what will you be talking about…?
To find a Biblical meaning to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus the Christ, we look no farther than the Book of Romans 6:3-5. This will show us plainly that in baptism the real symbol was established in God’s word for Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and this is what we should focus on.
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” -Rom 6:3-5 (KJV)
Today, celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and newness of life given for all on the Cross of Calvary. This is a time to commemorate the Passover and not Easter.
Happy Passover, Happy Resurrection Day!
-BPWatcher – Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman