The above title was the heading on an email I received from a popular retailer regarding their Easter sale. I thought to myself, how appropriate, because that is exactly what I want to discuss with you today. With the holiday fast approaching, parents are scurrying about, getting their children’s baskets ready for Easter. They are buying the die to color the eggs and making plans for their traditional Easter egg-hunts. While we have well-entrenched celebrations in the West with some godly stones in their foundation, some have definitely taken on the wood, hay, and stubble of our misguided society and culture. In fact, some celebrations have been completely removed from their original place and practices. Unfortunately, they can’t even be remotely recognized as either historically biblical or godly.
The Easter holiday is a perfect example of this shift. Even well-meaning Christians celebrate this holiday in a way that is far-removed from its original intent. I hope you are not offended by that statement. But I urge you please consider the true purpose of the holiday. This is a day set aside to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. So why was this feast, celebrating one of the greatest moments in history, renamed after a Babylonian goddess? What was wrong with Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits—the feasts which Jehovah chose to reveal His Lamb, who would take away our sins? So we now have a holy day named after Nimrod’s adulterous wife, celebrated with the painting of chicken eggs, wearing of bonnets, eating of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow eggs, and a “traditional” dinner featuring a baked ham… terrific! With all due respect, is Jesus the Passover Lamb or the Easter ham?
So I have to ask, what in the world does any of this have to do with Yeshua, the Kingdom, salvation, or anything else for that matter? In my book, Touching the Heart of God, I go into greater detail regarding the feasts, explaining their true meaning and purpose. God desires that all of His children experience the fullness of His celebrations, which need not be “colored” by misguided, ill-founded influences. Nothing against the bunny, but, no, it’s not all about the bunny. It’s all about Jesus! It’s all about His living sacrifice. He paid a debt that you and I could never pay. He deserves our undivided attention, especially in our celebration of His greatest triumph over our enemy!
Friend, I implore you to first think about the true reason for this holiday as you go about making plans for this celebration. Study what the Word of God says about the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. Take a close look at how Yeshua (Jesus) himself celebrated these feasts…and learn why you are privileged to do so, too!