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Thoughts on Easter
During one of the many theological discussions that I have had with my friends I was intrigued at the assertion that an individual posited about the Easter tradition. He said to me that Easter is a cover up of another Pagan holiday by the Catholic Church, and this is the reason that we associate Easter with a bunny that hops around laying multicolored eggs. The other part of his logic stemmed from the fact that Easter actually follows the phases of the moon.
Out of respect for my friend I do not feel it is necessary to snap back with a short rebuttal in some kind of attempt to undermine his intelligence and provoke public embarrassment. None the less I do enjoy a lighthearted debate on the subject and in so doing I admonish my fellow believers and nonbelievers to share their thoughts on the matter.
Now it just so happens that the calendar that we now follow is referred to as the Gregorian calendar which was originally invented by a Pope Gregory in the late 1500's. The Jewish calender however, goes by a slightly different set of rules and as such the beginning of the year is in a completely different month.
The reason the Jewish calendar is important is because of the holidays that have been observed by them since the days of Moses. The one specifically that coincides with Easter is the tradition of Passover. It was during this sacred time of the year in the month of Nisan when on the 15th day the celebration began, and it was concluded on the seventh or eighth day afterwards. The first day of Passover begun with the sacrifice of the "Paschal Lamb" this was an unblemished spring lamb that represented the blood that was painted over the doors of the ancient Hebrews who were made the promise by God that their sons would not be killed by the destroying angel.
Likewise Jesus Christ was sacrificed on a cross, and he, as the unblemished lamb of God, took upon himself the sins of the world, thus fulfilling his mission to be the deliverer, and mediator between man and God. Three days after that sacrifice, Jesus rose from the tomb as a resurrected and perfect being, and he ascended to his father in glory.
Hence during this time of the year Easter moves around, not because of pagan holidays, but because of Jewish holidays, and the fulfillment of many prophecies which were spoken of by the mouths of God's servants.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. -Isaiah
I hope I cleared that all up.