Every year at this time, I get
inundated with emails that read like doctrinal dissertations on why a
Christian should NOT celebrate Easter. They mostly come from cults, but
also from some Christian groups, primarily Messianic congregations that in
recent years have been hijacked by Gentiles and preach and teach a very
legalistic doctrine focused solely on the Old Testament.
For the record, Passover is a Jewish Feast and NOT a Christian celebration.
Jesus became the "perfect one-time sacrifice" for the sins of mankind.
These groups make arguments about the pagan roots of Easter, the evils of
Easter eggs, the satanic nature of the Easter bunny, and many other reasons
why a Christian should not celebrate Easter. To those people I have only
one thing to say, "YOU HAVE SADLY MISSED THE POINT OF THIS SPECIAL TIME OF
Listen, everyone knows that the word Easter is not in the Bible (actually
Easter is in the KJV, but is an incorrect translation of the Greek word that
should say Passover) and originates from the pagan goddess Eostre. Do we
stop using the names for the days of the week and months of the year because
they also have pagan roots?
I have yet to meet anyone that worshipped an Easter egg, only ate them. If
you are old enough to be able to read this, you are old enough to know that
no Easter Bunny. These are simply symbols that the world uses in regard to
this holiday. There is only ONE REASON a Christian celebrates Easter, and
that is to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
One easy solution to those offended by the word "Easter" is to simply call
Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day!
Christians SHOULD celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! It is right and good
that we take time each year to remember this blessed event. It is a well
documented historical event chronicled in all four Gospels and supported by
the historians of that day. It is easily the GREATEST EVENT IN HUMAN
HISTORY! Think about it. God Himself, the Creator of the heavens and
earth, came to this earth as a mere man to live with His creation.
He came as a baby, born of a virgin in a humble manger in an obscure little
town. He would grow up to die on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the
sins of all mankind. Three days after His death, God would raise Him from
the dead as a sign to this lost and unbelieving world that He was exactly
who He claimed to be--the SON OF GOD!!! His life would literally transform
the lives of every man, woman, and child for the rest of human history.
THAT is why we celebrate Easter. THAT is why as Christians, we MUST
celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.
I love you and care about you so much. I realize that most people who say
not to celebrate Easter mean well and are trying to live their lives in a
way pleasing and acceptable to God. But they have missed the point of
Easter. Easter is about only one thing, celebrating the resurrection of
It is one of those times of the year that we gather with family and friends
and share our faith in Christ. Easter is also VERY BIBLICAL. All four
Gospels gives us the account of the very first Easter. Now, some 2,000
years later, we will set aside time this Sunday to celebrate the day that
God raised our Lord from the dead.
I pray today that you will never forget what Easter is really about and why
we celebrate this day. Of course, anything that the world gets involved
with becomes perverted. The world has taken this sacred time of the year
and turned it into a time of commerce. We must never allow ourselves to get
so caught up in the commercialism of the Easter season, to forget what it is
about--a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. THAT is what Easter
is really about, and THAT is why as Christians we MUST celebrate the
greatest event in human history!