There are two ways of looking at this special holiday called Easter. In order to better understand its meaning lets go back in history and take a look at the origin of the word. Easter or Eastre was the goddess of Spring and worshipped by Teutonic tribes that early Christians ministered to. At one point Christians adopted the celebration of Eastre sometimes spelled Eostre and substituted one holiday for another allowing the converts to continue in their traditions. In 325 A.D. the Emperor Constantine decreed Easter would fall on the first Sunday after the spring equinox. Some Eastern Orthodox churches still celebrate it at the end of Passover week.
For those of you who believe there is a dark side to life or a personage called Lucifer or Satan it is understandable that he would come up with a plan to compromise the Christian with the pagan. This would diminish and override the true meaning of the holiday…the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over death. Without the resurrection mankind would be left with a rabbit that hides eggs for all the children to find. There would be no hope for forgiveness, no hope of a better life and world, no hope of new bodies that will live forever and no hope for a re-union with loved ones that have passed on. All these promises come as a free gift from God through the onetime sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Resurrection means forgiveness. Jesus triumphed over death and brought forgiveness to all those who believe. Our past life is swept clean and we have the power of Christ himself in the Spirit to help us live the life he intended and planned for us even before we were born. Psalms 138:16 “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I even began to breath.” It would do well for Christians to rename the holiday as “A Celebration of Life”.. a new spiritual life in Christ.
Satan used this same scheme on Christmas as a distraction against the true purpose of the holiday.Not to say that St. Nicholas didn’t exist or was not a good person but to those who have never known Christ as their personal Savior, Santa Claus is their substitute. As believers we can give our children the hope of a better tomorrow found in the resurrected Christ and emphasis the true meaning of Easter by giving Jesus the praise and worship he so rightly deserves. Our children can still enjoy the bunny’s and eggs but we can defeat Satan’s plan of diversion by applying a Christian theme to the Author of Spring… a beginning of a new spiritual life for all who believe. It’s not in the worship of the created that we celebrate but in the worship of our Creator. Lets remember the reason for the season is Jesus victory over death and giver of Salvation.
“Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day; and that this message of salvation should be taken from Jerusalem to all the nations: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me .” Luke 24:47