The Truth About Christ's Resurrection and Easter
In commemoration of Christ's death and
resurrection, I will pause for now the
studies on the minor prophets and present the truth on one of the most confused
topics in the Bible—the time of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. Did Jesus die on
a Friday and rose on the Sunday we now call Easter Sunday? The celebration of Easter
Sunday is no more than a blind observance based on a lie that deserves to be clarified.
The Bible provides all the facts to guide us through from the day Jesus Christ
died on the cross up to the day of His resurrection.
On another occasion Jesus talked about His death and resurrection.
It is clear in both passages that Jesus is telling us of a 24-hour day, 3 days and 3 nights, full 72 hours. It is not portion of days and portion of a night. If He died on the afternoon of a Friday and rose on the morning of Sunday, it will just be a part of Friday, a full day of Saturday, and say, part of a Sunday, at most, it is just a full two days and a full two nights, Friday night and Saturday night. If that is the case, we do not meet what Jesus said, three days and three nights in the heart of the earth or when He was in the tomb. Can the Bible explain this? The Bible is supposed to be accurate. If Jesus said 72 hours it should be 72 hours, not a part of a night or day but a 24-hour day multiplied by 3 which is 72 hours. If the resurrection did not happen after 72 hours that Jesus died, then the Bible loses its credibility.
People are simply confused about the "Sabbath" spoken of during those times. Understanding about the Sabbath prior to Jesus' death is the key of understanding the whole truth. I can not blame the people believing that Jesus died on a Friday because the next day is a Sabbath, we now call Saturday. Let us examine what the Bible says in detail.
First let us ask, when was Jesus crucified? While it is true that Jesus Christ was no longer in the tomb in the first day of the week, Sunday, it is not mentioned that He rose on the Sunday morning.
The Bible did not say specifically that He rose on a Sunday. It merely says that Jesus was no longer in the tomb that Sunday morning. But note that in the verse above, it says when the Sabbath was over. It is because of this Sabbath that people are confused about thinking that it was a Friday that Jesus died. Read carefully this verse:
Joseph of Arimathea was the man who buried Jesus, and before he did this, He asked for Pontius Pilate's permission first to bring down the Body of Jesus from the cross (Mark 15:43-46). Notice though that Jesus death is clearly stated to occur the day before the Sabbath. That was the reason why they hurriedly laid Jesus in the tomb without embalming Him first since they can not work once the Sabbath sets in at 6:00 pm. So people today think they are right, no big deal, Jesus died before Saturday or on a Friday. But wait, this Sabbath is a different kind of a Sabbath. That Sabbath is a Special Sabbath, a day after the Preparation Day as quoted above. Meaning, there were two Sabbaths that occurred in that week when Jesus died! So what exactly is the other Sabbath or a day of rest? We go back to the first Preparation Day, during the time of Moses when it was first observed.
In verse 3 above, it talks about our regular Sabbaths that occurs once every week. This is the day before the first day of the week, Sunday when the three women discovered that the stone on the entrance to the tomb was rolled away and Jesus Christ was no longer in the tomb. But there was the annual Sabbath, a special Sabbath, shortly after the Preparation Day which is to occur once a year or every 14th day of the Hebrew Month of Abib or Nisan as the passage above specifies. Jewish day changes every 6:00 pm even until today, unlike our present standard that changes at 12:00 midnight. So Jesus died on a Preparation Day, a memorable day when God told the Israelites to prepare their belongings, ask their neighbours for articles of gold and valuables and to cook a lamb for each family for their supper. That night, God will "pass through and over" every house to check if blood of the lamb is on every door frame and if not found, every first born, whether man or animal in that house will die. Then the next day all the Israelites will leave Egypt. Read Exodus 11, 12:1-20 for details.
Jesus Christ was the new Passover Lamb, the ultimate sacrifice. No longer that we need to do the old practice of animal offerings. He did it once and for all times and generations. So Jesus died on a Preparation Day at around 3:00 pm (Mark 15:33-37), shortly before the Special Sabbath. John also confirmed about this Special Sabbath:
So it is very clear there were two Sabbaths during that time. Many Christians clearly missed out the truth about this Special Sabbath that the Israelites need to observe every year as a command from God. The first Sabbath during that week fell on a Thursday, then followed by the regular 7th day Sabbath on a Saturday. But using Hebrew calendar today, Thursday should begin at 6:00 pm on a Wednesday. Therefore, Jesus died at 3:00 pm of Wednesday if it were to occur during our present time and calendar. All in all, from Wednesday before sunset up to Saturday before sunset, there are three days and three nights or 72 hours when Jesus was in the heart of the earth, a complete time as Jesus Christ says. Why do people today say that Jesus rose on a Sunday morning we call Easter Sunday? The Bible did not say He rose on the Sunday morning. It was simply discovered that Jesus was already risen that morning. Jesus resurrection could have occurred anytime between sunset of Saturday and sunrise of a Sunday. The Roman soldiers who witnessed Christ's resurrection kept the story hidden and were actually bribed by the elders and Chief Priests to tell a lie that Jesus disciples stole His body the night before Sunday. Read the account in Matt 28:1-15. Check this chart to visualize better the timelines during those last days of Jesus Christ.
Where did Easter come from?
Easter Sunday actually has its origins in the cult of ancient pagan sun worship. The very name "Easter" is derived from Ishtar or Astarte, names referring to the ancient Babylonian goddess who was worshiped as the mother of the sun god. Much of the symbolism associated with Easter, including rabbits and eggs, hearkens back to ancient practices that originated in Babylon and came down to us today by way of Rome. Roman emperor Constantine, a lifelong devotee of Sol Invictus, the sun god, forged an alliance with the Bishop of Rome in the early fourth century. It was from this alliance of church and state that most of the trappings that are associated with modern Christianity came to be forced upon the Christian-professing world. Read The Prostitute on the Scarlet Beast - Part 1 and Part 2 for more on the history of paganism in modern Christianity.
Many sincere professing Christians would protest that they attend Easter sunrise services to honour Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead, not to worship the sun god. Is it acceptable to take pagan customs and symbols and reinterpret them from a Christian perspective? No! God warned the ancient Israelites, as they prepared to enter the land of the Canaanites, to "be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” You must not worship the LORD your God in their way" (Deut 12:30–31). Rather, God told His people: "See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it." (v. 32).
Easter Sunday does not celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It actually obscures the very point that Jesus said was the sign of His being a Messiah—the three days and three nights in the tomb. Easter, like most of the symbols associated with it, has its origin not in scriptural commands, but in the practices of ancient sun worshipers. It is high time that those who profess to be the people of God come out of spiritual Babylon.
That is a real warning directed to every Christian not to the unbelievers. Worship the Creator as He commands—in spirit and in truth! Read also The Origin of Christmas on what God has to say on our man-made religious feasts.
What do the Lord Jesus Christ wants?
Regardless anyway of what people believe about the exact day either when Jesus Christ was crucified or risen, to me the more important thing is how to respond to the very purpose of Christ's death on the cross. For what is the use of our knowledge if we fail to act on it? God paid a high price to redeem us from sin. God would rather see us today as one of His redeemed soul instead of celebrating the Easter Sunday without the Truth like a pagan. We missed the whole point why He came, suffered and died for us. He wants us all to become a living sacrifice, completely transformed and to shun the standards of this world (Rom 12:1-2). We are all sinners and doomed to suffer in hell. Some people, thinking they can wash their own sins inflict on themselves extreme pain in order to be forgiven. But these are all exercise in futility. Jesus said, it is finished—He paid it all for you and me. He came in flesh, died and is now alive. All we need to do is ask forgiveness and surrender our lives to Him and let the Holy Spirit transform us into a new person.
He is coming again very soon to judge all mankind and reward those who are saved by His precious blood.
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