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Easter Eggs, Chocolate Bunnies and The Risen Lord
4/10/2009

Easter Eggs, Chocolate Bunnies and The Risen Lord
    
    Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
    
    And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:1-6 (NKJV)
    
    Here it is again, another Easter Day Celebration is upon us, and the stores are piled high with baskets galore. Rabbits, chocolate eggs and artificial grass are in the offering for millions of eager children.
    
    And even though all of this has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus Christ rising from the death of the tomb, it does cause us, as Christians, to ponder the question, How should we celebrate this special day?
    
    Where did Easter come from anyway?
    
    Well, it started with a Babylonian goddess by the name of Ishtar, although she was also called Astarte. The Babylonians had a pagan preoccupation with fertility and with rabbits breeding with the Golden egg of Astarte. Henceforth the Easter link with rabbits, and golden eggs.
    
    Christians celebrated Passover, and the resurrection of Jesus in the springtime. So as Christianity spread, the celebration of Jesus conquering death, and His resurrecting from the grave came along at the same time that the pagan world was celebrating the renewal of nature after the death of winter. What a concept, Pagans celebrating life after death!
    
    The result? We now celebrate Easter day as a time to remember that it was Christ, who not only came back to life, but that He also overcame death, and provided a way for us to overcome spiritual death as well. And because of our belief in, and our acceptance of Him, we too, are delivered from the death of sins consequences, and we are freed from the bondage of sin upon our life. And just like Jesus, we are raised to walk in a newness of life.
    
    Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 (NKJV)
    
    So, should we be celebrating Christs resurrection with fuzzy bunnies and brightly colored Easter eggs?
    
    Well, we have two choices as Christians.
    
    1.We can reject any Easter traditions, and in doing so, separate the remnants of those old fertility religions, or
    
    2.We can make use of Easter traditions, using the opportunity to spread the Gospel.
    
    
    So, knowing this, how should we celebrate? ((
    
    
    Here is what Paul says on the matter.
    
    I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Romans 14:14 (NKJV)
    
    What this means is simply this; if you feel strongly because of your beliefs, that it is wrong to give your children Easter baskets, then it is wrong for you to do that.
    
    But, if you are equally fully persuaded in your conscience that it is harmless fun, and that your children know why we, as Christians are celebrating, then have a great time in your liberty! Paul says this about these sorts of things,
    
    &Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. Romans 14:5 (NKJV)
    
    And yet, we should be careful because we have a responsibility not to cause our Christian brothers to stumble because of our choices.
    
    But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 1Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)
    
    We shouldnt do anything that might cause harm to our Christian brothers and sisters, or to cause them to do something against their own consciences. Above all, we need to do everything with the heart of Christ; doing it with love, and never out of pride, selfishness, or in judgment of others. Bringing glory to God after all, is the reason for the any Christian celebration.
    
    Hey Lets make it our goal to bring glory to God in everything we do. And if you decide to hide some eggs for the kids to find in the process, then may God be glorified in that too!
    
    STUDY QUESTION: Why do we as Christians celebrate Easter Sunday?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you celebrating Easter with a grateful heart?
    
    APPLICATION: Whatever you do this Easter, do it with respect to the Lord, and in remembrance of what He did on that Cross of Calvary. Now enjoy!
    
    Father, Thank You for the ability to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus each year. May I be given the opportunity to share the reason why I celebrate this day with others Lord. And may everything I do, be done with respect and honor in mind. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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