So which do you prefer “Easter” or “Resurrection” Sunday. I, personally think we should just call it what it is – Resurrection Sunday. But I’m just one person, so that probably won’t go very far.
DO YOU KNOW … Why it’s called Easter? Well, did some searching and there seems to be an overwhelming consensus on where the term ‘Easter’ came from:
The name “Easter” has its roots in ancient polytheistic religions (paganism). On this, all scholars agree. This name is never used in the original Scriptures, nor is it ever associated biblically with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For these reasons, we prefer to use the term “Resurrection Sunday” rather than “Easter” when referring to the annual Christian remembrance of Christ’s resurrection.
Most reference books say that the name “Easter” derived from the Eastre, the Teutonic goddess of Spring. Although this relationship exists, in reality, the origin of the name and the goddess are far more ancient – going all the way back to the Tower of Babel. The origin begins not long after the biblical Flood.
Basically, almost every vile, profane and idolatrous practice you can think of originated at Babel with Queen Semiramis, the Mother Goddess andNimrod. As the people scattered from Babel with their different languages, they, of course, used different names for Nimrod (Tammuz) and Semiramis. Some called the Mother Goddess “ISHTAR” (originally pronounced “Easter”). In other lands, she was called Eostre, Astarte, Ostera, and Eastre.
Um, Ok, I think this makes a good case for Christians to call it Resurrection Day from now on, don’t you?
DO YOU KNOW … There is more than one Easter Sunday? Never knew this myself. But according to the internet, Christians celebrate what is called Eastertide, the 50-day period following Easter Sunday. After the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday. Been a “Christian” my whole life and never heard of this Eastertide. … Interesting
DO YOU KNOW … What happened to Jesus on this day? You can read the whole story in Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20 but here is an outline version:
And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it. But the angel said to the women, Do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do]. Come, see the place where He lay.
Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you. …
Then on that same first day of the week, when it was evening, though the disciples were behind closed doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace to you! So saying, He showed them His hands and His side. And when the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy (delight, exultation, ecstasy, rapture). Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you. … All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).
And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit!
There a whole lot more to this story so make sure and read it yourself.
DO YOU KNOW … Jesus the Christ, the Son of God? Do you know that He loved you enough to die for you? If you don’t know the significance of this, or if you would like to know check out this site: Salvation Through Jesus Christ.
NOW YOU KNOW … HE’S ALIVE!!!!! JESUS IS ALIVE!!! HALLELUJAH!
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Easter Monday – Do You Know? I didn’t but this is a link to Wiki that says it’s so. ;-}