As we begin this week, there will be a very intentional and intense effort to idolize colored chicken eggs, chocolate bunnies, and Easter egg hunts over all. For those who may not be familiar, Easter (also known as Eostre or Ostara) is a festival that has been celebrated by pagan cultures, particularly in Europe. It can be traced back to the worship of various fertility goddesses and gods. In many pagan cultures, the spring equinox was seen as a time of rebirth and renewal, as the earth began to awaken from its winter slumber and new life began to emerge. Some even believe that the present-day April first was the original new year, and that is why it is now called April fools, because we have been fooled about the obvious start of the year as declared by God through nature.
Within the pagan cultures, fertility goddesses like Eostre (Germanic) or Cernunnos (Celtic), commonly associated with dawn, spring, and regeneration, were often worshipped. These goddesses were also associated with symbols such as chicken eggs, rabbits, flowers, and sometime deer antlers.
Though it may be a tradition and fun for many, I want to remind you that chicken eggs and bunnies have nothing to do with this coming Sunday…
This Sunday single-handedly is the celebration of the most important event in human history. The day that the second Adam, the God-man in flesh, Jesus Christ, made a way for all humanity to be reconciled with the one true God!! Its so important that we even number the years on our timeline around this one event in history. (BC “Before Christ” and AD/Anno Domini “In the Year of our Lord”) For Christians, it is an infinite number of times more important than the Super Bowl or any of the greatest events or celebrations on earth.
So with that being said, I encourage you to meditate on this reality as you go throughout the week. Feel free to also consider fasting as you pray that God moves in the lives of non-believers, our hearts, homes, churches, and the world like never before.
And lastly, when someone tells you “Happy Easter” anytime this week or on the day itself, I strongly encourage you to confidently and lovingly tell them “Happy Resurrection Day!” It’s a way of putting the focus where it should be, glorifying God, and in a small way evangelizing or opening the door for evangelism for the Glory of God.
God Bless You, and may He move in and through us in a unique and powerful way as we prepare to gather, worship, and praise Him for the greatest event in human history.