What does Easter have to do with Resurrection? Absolutely nothing. Everything about Easter is rooted in paganism, specifically the celebration of fertility and reproduction. Some say the name comes from the ancient pagan goddess Ishtar and some say it doesn’t. I’m not sure that it matters, although it is interesting that the symbols associated with Ishtar are the egg and the bunny. Hmmm.
So what does this day mean to us as Believers? Absolutely everything. As important as His virgin birth, His sinless life, His obedience to the Father and the laying down of His life on Golgotha is, it is the Resurrection of Yahshua that defines and validates everything else. Without the Resurrection (I am compelled to capitalize this word because of how important it is) we have been given an unsigned check, a Declaration of Independence without signature. Here’s what Scripture says:
“If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.”
1 Corinthians 15:17. In short, if there is no Resurrection we are simply wasting our time, a lost and pitiful people.
But now “we know we will also live with Him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and He will never die again. Death no longer has any power over Him. When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11.
This is beyond magnificent! Because He lives we live also! Why would we ever want to connect something so precious and so holy and so consecrated to something that in its essence is worldly and ungodly?
I’m not against bunnies, and I’m not against eggs (go Cadbury go!). I am against sharing the glory of my risen Savior with another. If your church is celebrating Easter, ask your Pastor why. If he counters by saying that Easter is recognized in the Bible (it is mentioned in Acts 12:4) just have him check out the info found at http://www.chick.com/reading/books/158/158_02.asp. They do a lot better job of explaining this than I can.