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Eric's Sunday Sermon: How to Do That Resurrection Thing and Easter on the Wrong Date

Updated on April 1, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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This is kind of fun. See the face?
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Happy Days

Resurrection like most biblical terms needs a little resurrection from time to time. But once again we see that religion does not own the word or it’s definitions. Just as sermon has meanings not associated with church, the same goes for resurrection. And check out Easter it means what it means but we do not follow what it means. Wrong date this year. Easter follows as a Sunday after the full moon in March. Oops on Christian churches. “Once in a blue moon” happened this month. Easter should have been on the 4th this year. Isn’t that funny.

Well we did our egg hunt on the 4th obviously the Easter Bunny got things right. Did you know that the Eastern Orthodox type churches go for a different date than the west for Easter? It is April 8th this year. Just like Christmas the date of celebration is completely irrelevant.

And that Good Friday thing is off. It should be good Thursday. Or Easter on Monday. I can count and it is not 3 days after death if you count properly. Check out Eostre it will make you pause. A goddess of some spring and fertility importance, is probably the origin of the word Easter but it is tied in some outré ways to a resurrection, probably having to do with Spring rather than Church stuff.

So the day and the tradition and the origin of the word Easter does not really fit properly. Who cares? Well I care. But I only care because it is interesting. I have a theory about some of this. It is tied into a three day weekend. I am sure you can see the point. Once again in life we must celebrate a wonderful event. And the day of that celebration is really up to you.

It is a celebration of Christ and we should be doing that every day if we are Christian. So good for the churches and even the governments setting forth a time for communal worship. I and mine say happy Easter and unabashedly celebrate on the day of tradition. It is very simple that way and in synchronization with others. I hope most of you have an Easter egg hunt, fancy clothes on, a large brunch and time with family. Don’t forget singing and listening to stories (sermons) to refresh your faith. Hey check out the song below, it is really perfect for Easter.

Great Story Telling

Renewal of Spring

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To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

Resurrection is so cool I most like the synonym “revive”. That great concept of being reborn is so cool. And applying it to plants and Spring just does it justice. How about this one "he was dead, but he was resurrected". How about this one; “The project just died out of apathy but the new CEO resurrected it”. “Spring is the time that what was dead during winter comes back to life as does my soul”. I do not think flowers have a day to come to life. They just celebrate the opportunity on whatever day they are revived. Funny but as for humans’ fertilization is most often around late December or early January as the 8th month has the most births.

In that I believe that Love and souls never die, I have to think hard about resurrection of us humans is when we are revived into a new body. Not really reincarnation but close. For me, living here on Earth would be my heaven. Yes even with all the pitfalls. My sadness and my joy help me to grow and growing is my favorite thing to do, after loving of course. Just like the Lilies of the Spring. I am quite sure most would disagree with me but I really can’t believe in something just because she does. Sorry but my beliefs just do not roll that way.

Christ’s resurrection is awesome in one way for sure. The foretelling of it in books of the Old Testament. It reminds me of “wait for it, wait for it, Boom and there it is”. The last day of the Easter season is Ascension Day. That is the day believed to be when Christ ascended into heaven. It is a Thursday. Many developed Western nations have it as a national holiday. The U.S. does not, but Indonesia does? It actually has some relevance to Muslims as well. Isn’t that all interesting. Has almost nothing to do with faith or spirituality. It is kind of in there with man’s church’s dogma, doctrine and tradition. And I happen to enjoy all those things as long as they are not too harsh on my love chill.

So I think it was fun to banter and wax eloquently on the totally irrelevant to our connection with God which also would mean Love.

Wow How Great is The Resurrection?

A New Life

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Yahoo!

Resurrection is so cool. But do not stop and think that resurrection is reserved for our God. Move past the greatness of Christ. There is more to it. Christ is of course the epitome of dying for a reason and reviving for a reason. Can anyone come close to dying for all mankind’s sins? The brutality of the passion would be impossible for any man to survive. Yet each and every lashing and beating was like a barrage of our sins. For me it reminds me that in order to really relive ourselves of our sins we need to go public in some way in our repentance.

So moving past it we think of Lazarus and the revival of Tabatha through Peter. We know that neither Tabatha or Peter were God. These two were resurrections of the living soul reentering our earthly bodies. So not to minimize the glory and miracle nature of a resurrection we see that it is a big deal for man but not so much for God. And it was sure not reserved just for Jesus. So there must be something more special about this day of the resurrection of Christ.

And the only clear difference is that it was Christ that makes it special. Remember that our very curious 12 (or eleven at the time) did not just assume that Christ would rise up from the dead. They fretted and freaked out for three days. They saw him raise Lazarus, yet they doubted that Christ would rise up. And He even told them He would rise up. Is that crazy or what? Is mankind of such little faith? And even then old Thomas had to touch and see to be convinced. And so Christ exclaims that those who have not seen with their own eyes yet believe are really cool when it comes to faith. And that brings us full circle back to the specialness of Christ’s resurrection.

Christ is what is special here. We are revived, reborn and resurrected in our hearts and soul in order, as Christ did to carry on and finish the work that must be done. Celebrating Easter is a constant reminder that once revived we must use that gift as a spring board into action. Actions which speak to the Glory of our God. Evangelizing through our acts of love and devotion to our fellow man. I want to be like Christ, I want to live as Christ lived, died and was resurrected. I am dead to my old self. Thank you. I am resurrected in a new body that is dedicated toward God as Love.

And as always I am a work in progress not a finished product that is perfect.

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      Liz Westwood 11 days ago from UK

      I hope they are in the rest of Europe, but sadly fading fast in the UK. I was struck by the history and the founding principles of the EU when I took a tour around an exhibition in Bruxelles a few years ago.

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      Eric Dierker 11 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Eurofile. I have not seen the EU flag for sometime. I hope the founding principles are still strong.

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      Liz Westwood 11 days ago from UK

      You make a great point about Easter every day. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the subject.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank for your constant support and inspiration. When I was writing this I got into pagan aspects of Easter. All about spring and being all that fertile. I figure that must mean young people. And it was a bit strange because it is a time of birth after all that cold weather fertilization for most mammals.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

      Eric your Sunday Easter sermon has done it again.. I hear the written word and I feel the honesty ... bless you and your family

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann you are much more brave than I. If I started my day out with news I would surely slip into a dark depression. Isn't so cool that flowers brighten and lift up our spirits. My little one with no filters almost dances with joy with roses blooming. And then that snowballs for me and off we go refreshed.

      Thank you Ann for coming by on your return from travels. I kind of felt bad that India didn't work out for you.

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      Ann Carr 2 weeks ago from SW England

      I love Easter time, for all that it means. The celebration of resurrection, the rejuvenation of the earth, the daffodils, the fact that I can enjoy the best hymns of the Christian year! I didn't go to church but I watched and listened to a programme on television called 'Songs of Praise' and I was surprised in myself for feeling so grateful that we can watch such a thing, sing along with no qualms and be thankful for all the good that surrounds us. It cancelled out all the bad things I'd seen on the news that morning and I was full of joy.

      You make a good argument here about celebrating all year, of course.

      I'm looking at my daffodils outside and on my table and they make my heart soar. I'm enjoying the resurrection of life!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby you raise me up in proper Christian fashion. It really makes me feel all good inside. Might sound funny or arrogant to some but I write for my Lord. People seem to get something from it. So until I am told to stop.....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh my goodness, that song lifts my spirit like no other. This is a beautiful sermon! Christ' resurrection. It was a joyful day for me, church and eating lunch with members who believe. Your writing always inspires me. Thank you..

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is a fun area to machinate on. But the bottom line is always the same. Celebrating The Reurrection.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Brother Eric, I fully concur that if we can count they should know three evenings and three mornings could not happen from 3pm Friday until before sunrise Sunday. For it not to extend through another twelve hours the resurrection would have had to happen after 3pm Monday and before 3am Tuesday. For those who say he died Thursday it would still have to have happened after 3pm Sunday, so we agree there.

      I question for many years "why use fertility symbols" for the resurrection that's suppose to represent "everlasting life" when eggs represent "the beginning of life" and not everlasting. Meanwhile, Christmas has the "evergreen tree" that are earth's symbol for "everlasting life" where the fertility symbols should be. Is that any way to represent the messages of those aspects of the Christ's life? I say nay!!

      Since the Jewish passover is somewhere around this time of year I can see it corresponds with spring but that wouldn't justify using fertility symbols although it does justify celebrating it at this time of year which include your "resurrection from winter's death" as the reason. That, I would say, is why Passover happened at time of year.

      As for me, I celebrate every day because it is an endless thing by flowing from one into the next unceasingly.

      Aloha

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I wrote some things on this one "off the top of my head". About an hour after publishing I kind of got all anxious about whether I was accurate. So post publishing I did research. Happy to report that this brain is still functioning :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Message received, my friend, and greatly appreciated. Blessings to you always.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy Easter, He has risen in my life for sure. We sure are blessed to have and to hold Him in our heart and souls.

      I hope you are having a great day Linda.

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      Linda Lum 3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric what a beautiful sermon. One of your best. Happy Easter. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Manatita, it is from my favorite rose bush named for my eldest, Hayley.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Forgot to mention Dolly Parton. She was born with many graces and your rose is truly sparkling.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love Easter. But I must admit it is one of the most "ruled by tradition" celebrations of the year. And I also admit that I love the pomp and circumstance. What is more cool than a God becoming human and rising up from the dead and then to Heaven.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      A witty, cleverly written and brilliant piece. I'm sure you caused some retrospection here which is a great reason to write.

      Your last few paragraphs were very strong ... profound... loving. God bless your noble Heart.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My favorite day of the year Whonu. The glory of it all just resonates so clearly. Thank you.

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      whonunuwho 3 weeks ago from United States

      A very good message you have shared my friend Eric and on the most wonderful celebration of our God's true love in sacrificing His son. The Easter celebration, whenever the real day was, will always be so special in our hearts. Many blessings my friend. whonu

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