Resurrection Day!

Matthew 28:1-6 “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Growing up, the holiday where we celebrated the resurrection of our Saviour was known to me as Easter. We wished each other “happy Easter” and then colored hard boiled eggs, ate chocolate bunnies, and did other activities that seemed completely disengaged from the meaning of Easter I was taught about at home and at church. The older I got, I simply rationalized that Easter had both a secular and a religious component…similar to Christmas. As Christians, though, we need to be very careful on how we present the meaning of the foundation of all that we believe.

Today, it is rare for me to wish a happy Easter to anyone because of the connotations. The day is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over sin and death. Somewhere along the line, the resurrection celebration began to be associated with pagan festivals that took place at the Spring equinox. In fact, the word Easter in the English language is a direct reference to Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess of spring and renewal. Do we really want to invoke the name of a pagan deity when referring to our Lord and Saviour’s amazing and powerful resurrection? When I put it in that light, I can no longer call this holiday “Easter”.

Am I telling you not to say Easter? No. But I am asking you to consider the truth about the resurrection from two millennia ago and the realities about our celebrations today. Second Timothy 2:15 states: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This is directed toward the study of God’s word, but we must also be aware of our actions as they relate to God’s word. The Bible is the standard by which all things should be measured, and if we know that biblical events are tainted with secular or pagan ones, we are obligated to separate the truth from the lies.

This weekend, meditate on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and the importance this has to our Christian faith. This should be done on the observed holiday, but also every other day of the year. We serve a risen Saviour! Our God is alive! And because of His resurrection, we, too, will one day be resurrected to glory with Him! “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).

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