I do not like to use the unbiblical term “Easter” for the observance of the single most important day in human history for it has in its origins the Pagan fertility goddess Ishtar. Yes, this is where we get the “bunny” and the “eggs” both symbols of fertility for the fertility goddess. So why do we celebrate this day on a Sunday and what does it have to do with of Jesus of Nazareth? We must look into the Jewish, not pagan, origins, to gain knowledge, to bring us to a place of understanding, that we might walk in Wisdom. To observe this holy and sacred day, with reverence and joyous celebration.
First lets look at the life, death, burial, and that “Resurrection Day“!!!
His Life; Born in the place of the ceremonial lambs in Bethlehem, Judea in the spring time at the time of the sacrificial lambs birthing. Laid in a manger and wrapped just like a ceremonial lamb. By age 12 knew he would be about His Fathers business and grew in wisdom and stature before God and man. Baptized by John in the River Jordan, began His 3 year ministry of healing the sick, bringing sight to the blind, and freeing those held in satanic bondage. He healed all manner of infirmities. And declared that the Kingdom of Heaven had come to earth. Finally He came to that ordained moment of time to fulfill more prophecy as He enters Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zech 9:9. To the shouts of praise!
Palm Sunday; Hosanna hosanna in the highest, his triumphal entry in through the “East Gate” prophetically declared by the prophet Ezekiel 44:1-3, and to the exact day by Daniel 9:25. As The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the WORLD, He needed to be inspected.
10th of Nisan (Abib) – 14th of Nisan (Abib) Exodus 12:1-7.
He was inspected for #4 days by the religious leaders in the temple area and by political leaders and found to be without flaw, worthy to be suited as the Lamb. The selected lamb was to be inspected by the priests to be found worthy for the “Passover” sacrifice.
Which on His last night he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of Mt of Olives: as it were great drops of blood, “Father if there be ..another way… let this cup pass from me, but not my will but yours be done”. Oh what kind of LOVE is this? (Mk.14:32,Lk22:39-44)
His Death; The Atoning sacrifice as The Passover Lamb, we read in the account it was time for the Passover Feast in Jerusalem. Mathew 27, John 19. Being flogged and scourged beyond anything we can fathom or comprehend He willingly went to The Cross, high and lifted up, yet even there He still fulfilling prophecy found enough strength and Grace to ask forgiveness to those that placed Him there (All Mankind) afterwards He gave up His spirit, and was verified to have died by the Roman Executionary Guard, by piercing His side. Followers and true believers sought permission to remove him and prepare Him for burial before sundown on the Sabbath (Friday evening-Saturday evening).
His Burial; Placed in an unused tomb, by Kings and by the poor, yes my dear friends fulfilling even more prophetic signs of The One. Scripture informs us of the deeds He conducted during his time in Death, Hell, and the Grave. Ministering to those in darkness and bound in chains til that final day.
Resurrection Day; This occurred on the “Third Day” which in that particular year, never a coincidence with The Lord! Early Sunday morning the day after the Sabbath Day (#7) which is day (#8). Eight is the number of New beginnings in Hebrew, just as in circumcision on the 8th day. Mathew 28, John 20.
To validate the sacrifice, the offering up of himself to fulfil the ordinances written and foreshadowing Him, God The Father raised Him to life in glorious manner, in an INSTANT the Light and Power of Heaven burst forth from within radiating outward. Raising this man Jesus (Yeshua) from death unto LIFE. Securing a Hope, for as many as would believe. He became The First Fruits The Wave offering. As Paul writes if Christ raised not from the dead, we are to be pitied above all men for we are still dead in our sins. But He Did raise from the dead and made Himself known and visible for 40 days, prior to departing to “Prepare” a place for His beloved, those that have put there faith in Him, The Acceptable Harvest of which The First Fruits offering was for.
I want to mention briefly the shroud of Turin. I do not want to mislead any so I will say this; I do not know nor do I claim anything about this cloth other than this interesting bit of information. There is an imaged burned, like an x-ray into the cloth and it replicates an amazing 3 dimensional view of “whomever” was wrapped in that linen. They have now created a life size carbon image of the shroud, it is described as that person being beaten so severely with over 600 wounds which were counted Bruised, wounded, pierced, and flesh torn, and afflicted . (Isaiah 53)
Passover was not the only observance that was symbolically fulfilled that weekend, Jewish Festivals of Unleavened Bread, First fruits- Wave Offering, were also completed by Yeshua. So let us, this season abandon the pagan playful games, reunite with the True symbolisms and meaning of this Amazing and Glorious Day.
From an Eternal Throne to a lowly manger
From the manger to The Cross
From The Cross to a tomb
From a tomb TO LIFE EVERLASTING in Radiant Glory!!!
That same glory awaits ALL that put their trust and faith in Him whose Name alone is Worthy of All our praise! Today if you would humble your Hearts and Hear The Spirits voice, accepting His Free gift of Grace and salvation. You too shall be SAVED