Easter In The Bible?
Posted April 8th, 2012 at 8:34AM
What does the Bible say about "Easter"?
Acts *12:4* And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternion of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
This is the only verse in the King James Version where "Easter" is mentioned, but as any Greek authority will tell you, this is a mistranslation. The original Greek word is "pascha" which means "Passover". All other places in the New Testament where "pascha" is used the correct translation "Passover" is given (eg Matthew 26:2, 1719; Mark 14:12 and I Corinthians 5:7). Most other translations of the Bible correctly renders the word in Acts 12:4 as "Passover"
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica....
There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers.... The first Christians continued to observe the Jewish festivals [that is, God's festivals* Leviticus 23:12], though in a new spirit, as commemoration of events which those festivals had foreshadowed" ("Easter", 11th edition) .....
Another reason why "Easter Sunday" could not have been celebrated by the early Christians is that Jesus Christ was not resurrected on a Sunday morning!!
HOW LONG WAS JESUS IN THE GRAVE?
Now let's see as Bereans what Jesus said about the length of time He would spend in the grave....
Matt: 12:39* But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Matt:: 12:40* 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.
Mar:* 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and [of] the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
He certainly fulfilled this sign "as He said"....
Matt: 28:6* He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
The only sign Jesus gave that He was the true Messiah was the length of time He would spend in the grave* a period of three days AND three nights* 72 hours!!
The*Easter tradition* Jesus crucified on Friday afternoon and rose from the dead Sunday morning* gives only about a day and a half, that is, 36 hours!
Since Jesus Christ did fulfil His sign, the Easter tradition is just that* a tradition that is not factual!!*The *Bible prooves that Jesus Christ was crucified then buried on a Wednesday afternoon and He rose from the dead 72 hours later* late Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, many of the customs and traditions surrounding Easter originated long before the time of Christ* some over 2000 years BEFORE the beginning of the Christian era.
The word "Easter" is actually derived from the name of the ancient Assyrian goddess "Ishtar"* pronounced by the Assyrians the same as "Easter". The traditions of Easter such as colored eggs, the Easter bunny and sunrise services originated BEFORE Christianity and are*in fact*pagan!