Mar 22, 2016

Decorate some eggs this Sunday...

Because the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ isn't until the morning of April 26th.

For years everyone has known that Easter is really a pagan holiday mushed into Christianity by Emperor Constantine. He worshiped pagan gods and THE ONE TRUE LIVING GOD. Obviously trying keep up with two religions was really hoggin' up his weekends, so he moved the Sabbath to Sunday and, in 325 AD, Emperor Constantine in the Council Nice ordered all Churches to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The date of Easter is always the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (First day of Spring). Needless to say, rabbits + eggs + celebrating the Springtime = Worshiping fertility.

Obviously, no one is really worshiping Spring or fertility today. And I don't have any problem with Easter Sunday at a church, but it is kind of weird that we, as the Church, haven't ever corrected the date of the resurrection... Or at least cleared things up.

We all know that Passover is forever linked with the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  That was God's plan from the start!

Let's take a quick look at Passover.

Passover, in modern times, starts on the 15th of the Hebrew calendar month of Nisan. But actually, Passover is a 2 part holiday.

5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD. ~ Leviticus 23:5-6

16 'On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the Lord. 17 And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast; unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days. ~ Numbers 28:16-17
The Passover of the Lord is when the Lamb, without blemish, was sacrificed and then eaten that very night. They were suppose to take this lamb into their house on the 10th of Nisan and sacrifice it and eat it on the 14th.

 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.  7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. ~ Exodus 12:5-11

 Again, we see the picture of our Savior, our perfect Lamb offered up for sacrifice. Seeing this alone would show us that Nisan 14 is the date in which our Savior was offered up for us. But God's word solidifies it. In Luke it says,

 7Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” ~ Luke 22:7-8

And in Mark also it says:

12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?” ~ Mark 14-12

This was the same night they partook in the Last Supper. The same night Jesus was betrayed. And the next morning, which by the Hebrew calendar is still Nissan 14, Jesus was crucified.

Christ's body was taken down and prepared for the tomb before the Sabbath, Nisan 15, started at sundown.

So Christ's first day in the tomb started on Nisan 15 at the start of the day, which is sundown. He was in the tomb all of Nisan 16 and He was in the tomb at the start of Nisan 17 at sundown Sunday, but by the morning of Nisan 17 He rose again!

I'm not saying that it's wrong to celebrate The Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We should be celebrating His resurrection everyday! But, for anyone who wants to celebrate it on the date it actually happened here is the break down:

14 Nisan (evening) - April 22: Last Supper, Betrayal, Arrest
14 Nisan (morning) - April 23: Crucifixion and preparation for tomb
15 Nisan (evening) - April 23: First day in tomb begins.
16 Nisan (evening) - April 24: Second day in tomb begins.
17 Nisan (evening) - April 25: Third day in tomb begins.
17 Nisan (morning) - April 26: Christ is risen.

"Good Friday" is on Saturday, the 23rd of April, and Resurrection Day is on Tuesday (morning), the 26th of April, this year.

Side note: A lot of people want to debate on what day of the week (i.e. Wednesday, Friday) Jesus was crucified on, but it doesn't make very much difference to me. Some say the Sabbath was not the traditional Sabbath, but the day of rest commanded by God on the first day of the Feast of the Unlevened Bread. I believe that for two reasons:

1. God gave the commands for Passover in preparation for the time when Jesus would die for us. And as we know, His plans are awesomely perfect. Jesus was to be laid to rest on a day of rest.

2. It says Mary Magdalene came on the first day of the week, early in the morning. There's no way Jesus could be in the tomb for 3 days if He went in on the weekly Shabbat.

But again, what's the point of debating the days of the week? The dates are solid!

God made Passover and the Feast of the Unleavened Bread (and the coinciding day of rest) start on exact dates so that there would be no questions.