It’s true… I don’t celebrate Easter.
And, yep – I still love and serve my Creator…
Oh… And I still believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah.
It has nothing to do with an aversion to celebrations, worship, food, fellowship…
or even chocolate…
but it has everything to do with Who I worship and what He desires.
Here are some of the reasons why I no longer celebrate Easter.
– Reason #1: The origins of Easter
Often, talking about the origins of anything can be a very touchy subject …
but it is one that should not be so easily avoided, ignored, rationalized or even spiritualized…
particularly, when it pertains to worshiping and having a relationship with The One True God.
Once upon a time, Easter was adamantly NOT observed by Believers.
In fact, Easter was observed looooong before Messiah even came to Earth…
and it wasn’t by Believers.
I won’t go into detail here as, if one puts forth even a little effort and time, one can discover (and, likely, be blown away, by the historical facts regarding) where this holiday originated from, what it represents, what its symbols and traditions represent and why Believers even started observing it as the celebration of the ‘Risen Savior’.
(keywords: origins of Easter, Ishtar, Eostre, Tammuz, Constantine, the Council of Nicea [325 A.D.])
Reason #2: Easter is NOT actually about the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah
– It just isn’t… BUT… There IS a day/season that acknowledges and honors those events! 🙂
They are called Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Firstfruits offering.
These are Events/Observances set apart by the Creator Himself to recognize these foreshadows/occurrences. Messiah was/is our Passover, not our Easter.
“For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7b
(See also: John 1:29; 19:14; I Corinthians 15:20, 23; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:6, 12, etc…)
Reason #3: The Apostles, 1st Century Church, and Messiah did NOT observe Easter
It’s true… they didn’t… BUT they DID keep and teach others to keep the Biblical Feast Days which where and are a true representation and foreshadow of things that happened and that were and are to come, and were instructed by the Father.
“So then let us observe the festival, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” – 1 Corinthians 5:8
(See also: Acts 2:1; 18:21; 20:6, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Luke 2:41; Mark 16:6, 12; etc…)
Reason #4: Because of What we are Instructed TO do…
We have been lovingly instructed by the Creator Himself to observe the Appointed Times of the Scriptures that He put forth– which are filled with rich, beautiful meaning and foreshadows… and they are celebrations and observances that set His people apart from the rest of the world… that we may be a Light to the nations.
These remembrances and rehearsals were instituted and blessed by YHVH (the LORD) Himself and are for ALL of Israel (Israel = His set-apart people that Believe and are in Covenant with Him. All 12 tribes, including the scattered).
“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘The appointed times of YHVH, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these:” – Leviticus 23:2
(See also: Lev. 23; Ex. 12:14,17,24; 13:6; Deut. 16; etc…)
Our Father has His own very specific set-apart days (His Feasts/Appointed Times) which are WAY more awesome to celebrate/observe, as they are filled with such deep meaning meaning and insight into the heart of our God.
Reason #5: Because of What we are Instructed NOT to do…
We have, actually, been instructed to NOT learn the ways of other nations (people groups/religions) and NOT to worship our God as they worship theirs.
“When you come into the land which YHVH your Elohim is giving you, do not learn to do according to the abominations of those gentiles (nations; people). ” – Deuteronomy 18:9
(See also: Leviticus 18:3-5; 20:22-23; Jeremiah 10:2; I kings 11:33; Deuteronomy 5:32; 11:16; 28:14)
Reason #6: ‘What it means to me’ doesn’t matter
“That’s not what it means to me”. – I hear that said often.
In fact, I used to say it often, too.
But the simple truth of the matter is … if I actually love my Creator and have a heart and resolve to serve and honor Him, then “That’s not what it means to me” DOES NOT MATTER. (not yelling, just emphasizing)
The only thing that matter is: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HIM?
What an awesome question!
May goal is to continually seek Truth… to continually check my belief system, and making sure it lines up with the instructions He has left for me that I find in the Written Word… so that I may worship Him in spirit AND in Truth… not one or the other… but both.
I desire to seek to really understand WHY we do the things we do. And WHY we believe what we believe. I do not want to just blindly worship a certain way because we have inherited those ways… because that’s just what we do… or because that’s what Dr., Mr. Brother, Sister, so-and-so says we’re supposed to do.
It doesn’t matter how sincere we are. We can be sincerely wrong.
I want my sincerity to line up with truth and obedience.
How about you?
It does not matter what it means to us.
It only matters what it means to HIM.
He doesn’t want us to worship Him OUR way.
He wants to be worshiped HIS way…
After creating us and all of the many things He has done and Who He is, I think that is a very reasonable service.
“When YHVH (the LORD) your Elohim does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’ Do not do so to YHVH (the LORD) your Elohim, for every abomination which YHVH hates they have done to their mighty ones, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones.” – Deuteronomy 12:29-31
“And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men. Forsaking the command of Elohim (God), you hold fast the tradition of men.” – Mark 7:7-8
What a joy it would be if we united together to worship our Creator the way HE desires (and instructs) to be worshiped!
Actually… That Day WILL happen…
when King Moschiach comes and establishes The Kingdom. HalleluYah!
BUT… Why wait for that Day to learn? Why wait to worship Him and observe what pleases (and reveals SO much of) Him? We can learn now! And be blessed!
May we always seek Truth. And may we be courageous and walk in It.
Loving Him… Enough to obey. Enough to honor. Enough to identify.
Enough to sacrifice my own way, my own everything.
It is not grievous. It is a delight!
“And if it seems evil in your eyes to serve YHVH (The LORD), choose for yourselves this day whom you are going to serve, whether the mighty ones which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the mighty ones of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But I and my house, we serve YHVH (The LORD).” – Joshua 24:15
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