Bro. Chad Johnson Russellville Baptist Church
April 10, 2014
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison and delivered him to four quarternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Acts 12:4 KJV
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:40 KJV
I recently saw a church sign that said, “Silly rabbit, Easter is for Jesus.” This saying came from the old TV commercial for Trix cereal. I was very troubled at this sign. We have drifted so far from the Bible and thus saith the Lord. The average church sign reveals how far we have really come.
This is the only time the word Easter is used in the Bible. Some say that the word here should have been translated to “passover.” The Easter mentioned here occurred after passover. we know this from Acts 12:3. This says that it was “the days of unleavened bread.” The feast of unleavened bread followed the passover. (Number 28:16-25)
Easter was a pagan holiday that celebrated the worship of the sun god Tammuz. Many of his worshipers would meet at sunrise to worship the sun as it came up. It also was a time to worship the spring goddess of fertility. This is where the symbol of the rabbit comes in, because the rabbit is a very fertile animal.
So we see that Easter has nothing to do with Christ at all. It is pagan from start to finish.
Now let’s look at Good Friday. Did Jesus really die on Friday? We know from our text verse that Christ was in the grave three days and three nights. We know that Christ arose on the first day of the week. (John 20:1)
So it would be impossible for Christ to die on Friday and be raised on Sunday because this is not three days and three nights. No some will use John 19:31 to prove Christ died on Friday. The sabbath mentioned here was not the regular weekly sabbath. it was a high sabbath - a Passover sabbath. In Leviticus 23:5-7 we find that the first day of the Feast of unleavened bread was called a sabbath. Sabbath does not mean Saturday. It means to rest or to set aside. The Jewish day began at sunset or 6 p.m. and closed the next day at 6 p.m.
Joseph of Arimathaea came and buried Christ before sunset on Wednesday. Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday: Day 1. Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday: Day 2. Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday: Day 3.
as the sun went down Saturday, it became Sunday and Christ arose. When they came early that morning to the tomb, Christ was already gone. So we see that the whole Easter thing is a religious lie.
Christ did not die on Friday. He did not rise at sunrise. Easter started as a pagan holiday. So should Christians celebrate this? Silly rabbit, Easter is not for Jesus. Amen!
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