Posted by: forfreedomalone | 16/04/2017

When you do this, remember me.

Today there are Christians all over the world wishing each other Happy Easter, Happy Resurrection Day or Happy Easter Day. They will be going to church and singing hymns about Jesus death, burial and resurrection and remembering the sacrifice he made on behalf of all mankind.

Easter eggs will be painted and perhaps rolled down hills until they break, or tiny wooden one hung on a spring branch, depending on the traditions of the country concerned.
Chocolate eggs will be exchanged and consumed, many in the shape of rabbits. The Easter Bunny will be in evidence everywhere.

This is a broad brush view of Easter in most Christian homes and it is, in my opinion, a very sad view indeed.

Remembering what Jesus did for us and thanking him for his sacrifice is, without doubt, something we should be doing, today and every day; my problem is not with the remembering, but with the way we remember and when we do it.

Although this is news to some and a shock to others, Jesus was a Jew. He was a Rabbi too boot.
He was thoroughly immersed in his culture, his ‘religion’ and his history.
At this point of the year he would never have given a second thought to eggs or rabbits, he was totally focused on the Feast of Pesach.

What is Pesach?
In English we would call it Passover and it was the feast of remembrance recalling how God saved the Israelites from the slavery they were in, in Egypt, and took them over (or better, through) the Sea of Reeds. This commemoration was held on specific days, as ordained in Torah (or the law, as many Christians call it) in the spring time and was to be according to a specific manner.
If we want to understand that manner we need to read Exodus 12, to know the date we need Leviticus 23:5, to know this commemoration was ordained by God we need Numbers 9:2, to know it is a commemoration kept by Jesus, as an example to Christians, we need Luke 22:8 and Hebrews 11:28.

Jesus was the Passover Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world, for the whole world.
Luke 22:19 tells us that Jesus told his disciples to break the ‘bread’ and drink the wine in “remembrance of (him)”. When would they do this?
Not four time a year, or monthly, or on a whim, but at Passover. It was the Passover meal they were eating together, it was Passover he was fulfilling and it was Passover they were to remember, in its full spiritual meaning, annually, at the Feast of Passover.

With the Church’s active de-Judah-ising, beginning in the first century, all connection with what Jesus was doing and why was lost, as Passover became The Lord’s Supper, or Communion as it is called in many churches, and Easter was introduced.

Easter takes its name from Oestre, an Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess. She was the goddess of fertility and her symbol was the rabbit. It is from her that we get the word, oestrogen, the female hormone which produce the female characteristics. (Female gender is produced by chromosomes, but characteristics are produced by oestrogen).

Rabbits, and eggs, remind us of a pagan goddess. They have nothing to do with Passover.
The date we use to commemorate this false god is a date set apart from Passover, when Jesus said to remember him and what he did for us.
Why is the church quite happy to adopt a pagan feast for its commemoration, but it has rejected the Jewish one Jesus said to use?
How much understanding of what Jesus did is lost as a result?
How will they answer him, when he asks, why they did this?

We do not honour Jesus by Easter, we dishonour him. He said to remember him at Passover and we totally ignore him and set up our own, pagan inspired feast.
This will not bring us blessing.

We should remember him every day, be thankful and humbled, by his astonishing sacrifice on our behalf, but we cannot convince ourselves that by doing so, on a day other than when he said to do this, is obedience to his word.

Partial obedience is just disobedience by another name.

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