Let’s Celebrate Resurrection Day!
By Joel B.
1 Cor 15:3-8 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Friends, today is about the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s not about chocolate bunnies or Easter eggs. Holidays that recognize our Lord have become so polluted by worldly additions and subtractions that it has become sickening. We’ve replaced true meanings with thoughts of gain and things like getting candy. This should not be so. I’m not saying there’s never a time to give such gifts, but these things must be done appropriately and not contrary to what we believe.
I would like to explore this further. I do not have a problem with a man giving a woman a box of chocolates or flowers on their anniversary. I think it’s a nice gesture and I would even recommend it. There is nothing wrong with gift giving. The three wise men even gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn savior. I think we should do likewise when it’s appropriate. But I do not think it’s okay to give someone a chocolate bunny or egg that represents a false god. What do I mean by this?
Easter comes from the name Ishtar, who was the Assyrian “goddess” of fertility, love, sex, and war. So when we say “Easter”, this is the name we are recognizing. This is why I urge you to mention the “resurrection” when referring to this special day. Let it be “Resurrection Day”. Let it be about the Risen Savior.
Of course there is the issue with dealing with children seeing other children getting chocolate bunnies and the like; so how do we deal with that? Well, I would urge you to replace the bad with something good. Give your child a nice cross for Resurrection Day or something that reminds them of what Christ did for them. If it becomes an issue of candy, then set aside another special day to give candy to your child, and explain why you’re doing it. Just make sure it’s not a chocolate Santa Clause or Easter bunny. You would be surprised at how well your kids will understand, especially with God’s leading,
So, in closing, lets focus in on the true matter at hand. Lets praise the Risen Savior. Lets praise Him for dying on the cross at Calvary. Lets praise Him for all the sacrifices He has made for us. Lets praise Him for how He empowers us. Lets praise Him for all He has done, and all He will ever do. Thank you my friends, and God bless.
Sad that this day of honoring the Risen Savior has become a means of profiting through commercialism. Sort of reminds me of the priest who used Passover as an occasion to profit in the marketplace by charging a high premium to those who needed to purchase a perfect lamb for their sacrifice.
How this world has tainted the true meaning but than how are unbelievers going to celebrate this day when they don’t know what it is all about. There is a void which seems to be filled by the retail world today with the help of the wicked one who doesn’t want the truth to be told. After all he was defeated because of this event.
Most persons find it hard to change or break traditions, so even if they disagree, they tend to just go-along-with. The world has taken something so sacred and manage to commercialize it. But we can begin to take it back by starting new traditions within our families and churches. Joel, you made a good suggestion about giving children a cross instead of candy. Let us step out of the box and create new traditions that will give glory to God and praise for His great expression of Love.