Controversy. Bicker. Cross Fire. Fight. Hassle. Scrap. Squabble. Tiff. Wrangle.
All of these mean about the same thing. A discussion marked especially by the expression of opposite views. I do though like the definition of wrangle: to engage in argument or controversy; to dispute angrily or peevishly.
All of these I think are excellent words to describe today’s topic: Why Christians should not Celebrate Easter.
First some background on me: I love a good debate. I love to wrestle with topics and chew on them, and sometimes spit them back out. I do have a tendency to spew more often then take it in. So be aware of that. I also love controversial topics, especially if they have to do with Church, God, the Heart, Walking with God, healing, prophesy, counseling, ways to do things different within the church, etc. I thrive on things like that. But always, at least my hope is, to do it out of love.
I grew up in the church, raised in the church, was saved/baptized in the church, and church will always be in my life/heart. But what I mean by church is different then what most of you believe church is. See church in the Greek means fellowship. So anywhere you are fellowshipping with others it is church. Church is not a building. Church buildings are about money, power, people whose names are on the buildings, not about Christ. If that ruffles your feathers. Please read on.
Easter. That’s the topic for today and why Christians and the Church should not celebrate it. Easter is a pagan holiday. Yep. It is. Seriously. No April Fools Day here. Easter is a man made holiday to celebrate the death of Christ. But it isn’t what Christ celebrated. Christ never celebrated Easter. So, then why should we?
Easter is not about bunnies, chocolate eggs, egg hunts, and all of that other mess. And Easter is not about Celebrating the death of Christ. See much like Christmas is a pagan holiday, Easter is too. Now many of you might be screaming heresy right about now, but hear me out. First of all, Jesus was never born on December 25. Really. Honestly. He was probably born in the summer or late fall. It took the wise men months to get to Jesus. It’s not like they were down the street chillin outside waiting for Jesus to be born. It took a while. Secondly, the reason we celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December is because man made up that date and said, “We’ll have it on this day.” But that’s neither here nor there. The topic is Easter. LOL
Easter is a man made holiday. If you remember, Jesus was a Jew. Jews celebrated what? If you said, Easter you are wrong. Jews celebrated the Passover. That’s right. The passover. The Passover was their ancient tradition where in the Old Testament they would sprinkle blood over the sill of the door and death would “pass-over” their house, saving them for another year.
The week of Jesus’ death was not Easter week. It was Passover week. The Friday of Passover is called the Day of Preparation. It was a day that they made preparations for the Sabbath on Saturday. According to Jewish customs, they were not allowed to do any type of work including but not limited to, taking more then 10 steps as to work, cook, etc. Nothing. They rested on their day of rest. Unlike us nowadays, where we get up, and go to work and the church building on our day of rest.
Even though Christians are not Jewish and celebrate the Passover, the question is how come we don’t? That is what Jesus celebrated. Think now about Jesus’ resurrection. He didn’t do the Christian thing of praying or teaching or anything like that. He did the Jewish thing of going to go eat. He went and found his buddies and went and had a BBQ. So unspiritual.
Easter celebrates the death and burial of Jesus. Passover celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. I’m celebrating the Passover this year, literally, because I am not stuck in the death and burial of Jesus.
We should be celebrating the Passover, just like Jesus. Cookout at our house this year? (Not really because we won’t be there) But you get the message. The church and Christians should not celebrate Easter because it is man made, just like Christmas is, and because Jesus celebrated Passover. A friend of mine said, “Easter is a pagan holiday. Jesus celebrated passover. Now the church celebrates the resurrection and calls it Easter.”
Therefore, I think, we should get rid of the name Easter and all that it represents and replace it with Passover or Happy Death, Burial, Resurrection and Ascension Day. I’d pick the latter, just because that’s how I roll.
So Happy Death, Burial, Resurrection and Ascension Day. Spend it with your family remembering the sacrifice of Jesus and what his death, burial, resurrection and ascension does for us. His death frees us from our certain death. In his burial, our sins die with him. In his resurrection we have the hope of glory. And in his ascension we get the promises of tomorrow and the Counselor.
Go in the peace, love, grace and mercy that God offers everyday. So Glad we are much more then sinners saved by God’s grace.