Does Easter represent eggs, and bunnies or the literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ? Is Easter rooted in heathenism with pagan origins and customs or is it a symbol of the Christian faith. The answer to all these questions…YES.
Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover.
Some Christians who today know the pagan origins of Easter use the term “Resurrection Sunday.” This only succeeds in dishonoring all the other Sundays of the year. For a Christian, every Sunday should be resurrection Sunday.
Does “Easter” even appear in the Bible? Well, yes…sort of. In the KJV, Acts 12:4. However, there has never been a more absurd or unhappy translation than this. The original verbiage is simply from the Passover. The word “Easter” today denotes the observed festival. But the original has no reference to that, nor is there the slightest evidence that any such festival was observed at the time when this book was written.
Now that I have succeeded in upsetting and alienating every Christian friend I ever had, ignore me. Paint your eggs and eat your chocolate bunnies…I will. But, never forget, it is the resurrection and ascension of the living Christ that separates Christianity from all other religions. Christ Jesus is the one who died, but more importantly the one who was raised. And, those who are in Him will never die again.
As usual, the Apostle Paul says it best, “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead.”