Easter: A Christian Holy Day?

Easter: A Christian “holy day”?

Is Easter a Biblical Christian “Holy Day”? A significant percentage of the world participates in the various festivities involved with Easter, yet neither know nor care to know anything about Jesus Christ. For those of us who celebrate Easter and proclaim a connection between Easter and Jesus Christ, where does this connection come from? Are there any solid Biblical foundations for Easter?

What might seem strange to many, especially non-Christians, is that Easter is strewn with images of easter bunnies that lay coloured eggs and multitudes of chocolate. Knowing this to be the case, it seems only natural to ask the following question: What do any of these things have to do with Jesus Christ? It may surprise many Christians and non-Christians alike to learn that the tradition of Easter isn’t found in the Bible. Where did it come from?

In addition to looking into the history of Easter, we will examine some of the typical arguments put forward as to why Christians choose to keep Easter while dismissing the Biblical Feasts of the LORD. After all, even if we may choose to keep Easter (and/or Christmas) while choosing to define what these various symbols (such as the Easter bunny and Easter eggs) mean to us, we should firstly consider the following: What does the Bible say about how we should worship God? How does HE want to be worshiped?


Timmy and the Pastor discuss Christmas and Easter

Timmy and the Pastor discuss Christmas and Easter

Join Timmy as he chats to his Pastor about the origins of Christmas and Easter. What will happen after the Pastor acknowledges the lack of Biblical evidence for Christmas and Easter and points Timmy to an encyclopaedia? Find out more!
From Passover to Easter - Ronald L. Dart

From Passover to Easter – Ronald L. Dart

Occasionally, when I have said that “Easter” is nowhere mentioned in Bible, someone reminds me of the incident where Herod has arrested Peter and put him in prison, “intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people” (Acts 12:4). The problem is that the Greek word translated “Easter” is the Greek Pascha which, everywhere else it is used in the New Testament, is translated “Passover.” So why, 1600 years later, did the King James translators use Easter instead of Passover here?
The Origin of Easter Sunday - Samuel Bacchiocchi

The Origin of Easter Sunday – Samuel Bacchiocchi

The historian Eusebius (ca. A.D. 260-340) provides a valuable dossier of documents regarding the controversy which flared up in the second century over the date for the celebration of the Passover.” There were of course two protagonists of the controversy. On the one side, Bishop Victor of Rome (A.D. 189-199) championed the Easter-Sunday custom (i.e., the celebration of the feast on the Sunday usually following the date of the Jewish Passover) and threatened to excommunicate the recalcitrant Christian communities of the province of Asia which refused to follow his instruction.
When did Christians begin to celebrate Easter?

When did Christians begin to celebrate Easter?

If, after the year 70 AD, Christianity evolved within a Jewish environment that was cult reluctant, how and what did they celebrate? Pharisees and Rabbis structured their time according to the Pharisaic lunar calendar; the Samaritans, like the people of the Dead Sea Scrolls, used the solar one. Those Christians who came from non-Jewish backgrounds brought along their own religious and cultural festivals and liturgical habits, some of which we find gradually introduced into an emerging Christian liturgical directory.
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