From Wikipedia……………”The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern Dutch ooster and German Ostern, developed from an Old English word that usually appears in the form Ēastrun, -on, or -an; but also as Ēastru, -o; and Ēastre or Ēostre.[nb 4]Bede provides the only documentary source for the etymology of the word, in his eighth-century The Reckoning of Time. He wrote that Ēosturmōnaþ (Old English ‘Month of Ēostre’, translated in Bede‘s time as “Paschal month”) was an English month, corresponding to April, which he says “was once called after a goddess of theirs named Ēostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month”.“
In an article that I came across, this definition is staunchly rejected. Then you see an article by a left wing organization and it’s “satan fighting against satan,” as Jesus said, “How then shall his kingdom stand?”
Here’s some more information about Easter eggs, bunny rabbits, and jelly beans.
Main article: Easter egg
The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. In Christianity it became associated with Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. As such, for Christians, the Easter egg is a symbol of the empty tomb. The oldest tradition is to use dyed chicken eggs.”
So now that we may have some information about Easter, the same information underscored the true origin of Passover.
For the record, the Lord Jesus did die on Friday, the 14th day of Nisan, AD 33, in the year 3793 before sunset leading into the Sabbath of the Passover, according to the Jewish lunar calendar. The Sanhedrin tried an convicted an innocent Man after midnight, after Jesus ate the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Last Supper with His disciples on the 13th day of Nisan.
Well within the Preparation of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, according to the Scriptures in Exodus chapter 12.
The argument over the 3 days and 3 nights is a very tough thing to understand, but Friday came, Saturday came, and morning Sunday came. The passage of the sign of Jonah of 3 days and 3 nights is very difficult to settle. It’s one of many questions I will have to wait to ask when we stand before Him.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NKJV) “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”
The Body of Jesus couldn’t remain on the cross past sunset because of Deuteronomy 21:22-23 (NKJV) “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.”
Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJV)
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
The world deflects from this truth because if sinners were to understand the true meaning of Passover, it may be the starting point of repentance.
In Exodus 12, the Lord gave Moses instructions on the final day of Israel bondage.
The Lord is serious about judging the nation of Egypt.
This final judgment would be the straw that broke Pharoah’s back.
The firstborn was sacred to Egypt. More sacred than God. Each of the 10 plagues showed God’s wrath on their gods. Obviously, Egypt served and worshipped other gods and the Lord struck the Egyptians that worshipped them.
Pharaoh imposed cruel bondage on the children of Israel. Genesis 12 was in play.
Genesis 12:1-3 (NKJV)
“Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Since Pharaoh imposed cruel bondage on Israel, it was time to judge Egypt. 1. Waters become blood. 2. Frogs. 3. Lice. 4. Flies. 5. Livestock Dies. 6. Boils. 7. Hail. 8. Locus. 9.Darkness. 10. Firstborn dies.
It’s clear that each of these plagues was designed to get Egypt’s attention but it would be the final plague that would do the job.
But the Lord also instituted “The Lord’s Passover.”
The story is simple.
Get an unblemished lamb that’s 1 year old. Kill the lamb. Take the blood of that lamb and place it on the door posts, and lintel or top door post. 3 markings. Eat unleavened bread for 7 days.
When the Lord sees the blood on the door post, He’ll PASSOVER this house.
But every firstborn, from Pharaoh to every Egyptian household, had died. This included that cattle. There wasn’t a household in Egypt that didn’t have one person dead. Every household had a dead person who was the first born.
This is symbolic for the Lord Jesus.
John 1:29 (NKJV) “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NKJV) “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
1 John 2:2 (NKJV) “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
1 Peter 1:2 “…elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”
Hebrews 12:24 (NKJV) “…to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”
Evidently, there’s a difference between applying the blood of lambs on the door posts, and the blood of sprinkling done by the high priest every year on the mercy seat in the Most Holy Place. But the fact that the blood of Jesus gives us an eternal cleansing of sins is the fact.
The Lord Jesus is the High Priest of the sanctuary in heaven and He entered the Temple in heaven to sprinkle His own blood on the mercy seat in heaven.
Hebrews 10:11-14 (NKJV) “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
So which would we rather celebrate?
Easter eggs, chocolate bunny rabbits, brand new clothes, and jelly beans?
Or this fact.
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NKJV) “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 9:11-12 (NKJV) “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”
Give me Passover instead of Easter, every time.