Bunnies and Eggs and Jesus, Oh My

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.”

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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