Don’t call it Easter – get Biblical!

Jesus death, burial and resurrection all took place at God’s appointed times, the set times. Jesus died in fulfillment of the Passover Lamb, was buried at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and rose again on First Fruits. These are Biblical feasts, instituted by the LORD Himself as shadows, pictures if you like, of the reality which was to come. ALL THE BIBLICAL FEASTS ARE FULFILLED IN JESUS.

Today is the 14th Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, the day the Israelites in Egypt had to slay a lamb and apply the blood to the doorposts of their homes, so that they wouldn’t die when the destroying angel “passed over”. This actual historical event from Israel’s history is a picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God, whose blood was shed on the cross at the Passover feast. He died as our substitute, so that if we will apply His blood, so to speak, on the doorposts of our own lives, that is, if we will repent and trust Him for our salvation (Jesus name in Hebrew, Yeshua, means Salvation), we too will be saved.

Did you know Easter was actually a pagan fertility festival that was given a so-called Christian makeover by the Romans to make it acceptable to those who wanted to keep their already-existing pagan celebrations? The easter bunnies, eggs and rabbits are entirely pagan symbols and have nothing to do with Yeshua’s death and resurrection. (See these articles here and here for more details into all this.)

So, knowing all the above, why would we want to use pagan festivals to celebrate the central events of our faith? Tradition? What we’ve always done? Maybe. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’re not ignorant of these things anymore and so there is a responsibility to make changes. So, celebrate the Lord’s death and resurrection, just don’t call it Easter. Call it what God calls it – Passover and First Fruits! Get Biblical!