We are in that time of the year where the world celebrates Easter. Across the globe, celebrations will be held in churches and in homes honoring this day. People associate many things with this holiday. Bunnies, and chocolate and little baby chicks and a combination of them all will be given to one another as gifts. But for the Church, we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior from the dead on this day.
Most historians, including Biblical scholars, agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. According to the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honour sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo–Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.” For nearly 1200 years, Easter has been a time to celebrate our Christ coming back to life from the dead.
So is Easter of pagan origin? Apparently so, as is Christmas. What's the point of this email then? Easter (even if it is from pagan origins) is the ONE time of year that causes people outside of the church, to talk about the cross, the Crucifixion and the Christ.
I trust that we believers celebrate the resurrection every day. But I also believe this perfect opportunity to spread the message of Jesus should not be squandered by the church. Like never before, let us talk about the cross and the Crucifixion and most certainly, our Christ! Yes, this is OUR holiday, NOW!
Isn't it just like God to take what the enemy meant for evil, to turn it into good? (Gen 50:20) The cross was meant to kill and destroy the message of Jesus. God took that which was meant for evil and turned it into countless millions of souls bound for Heaven.
God bless you so much!