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Good Friday, Easter…We Are Doing It All Wrong!

A year ago I wrote a post about Easter, Easter, the Celebration of the Fertility Goddess. In that post I explained that Easter is a false god.  The common Easter symbols that we are so accustomed to, the egg and the rabbit, are fertility symbols that are directly linked to the worship of this false god.  In fact, even the date that is chosen each year to celebrate Easter is determined according to when the celebration of the goddess Easter was celebrated, the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.  This is why there is such a great variance of dates causing the holiday to land anywhere between the end of March and the end of April.  To read more about how and why this religious combination happened, please read the post linked above.

As Christians, followers of Christ, and Yahweh, the one and only true God, we better have a problem with this.  This is doing exactly what the Israelites did on countless occasions, and were punished severely by God…it is mixing honor and worship of Yahweh, “You shall have no other gods before Me”, that Yahweh, with worship of a pagan god.  Don’t tell me you are not doing that.  Do you buy chocolate Easter bunnies? How about Peeps?  I love those marshmallow bunnies and chicks!   Do you decorate Easter eggs?  Do you have an Easter egg hunt?  Probably right before or immediately following the church service in which you celebrated the risen Savior.  These symbols have absolutely NOTHING…NOT ONE…SINGLE…THING…to do with the resurrection of Messiah.

What’s more, there is nowhere in the Bible where Christians are told to hold a celebration of Messiah’s resurrection.  To tell you the truth, I can’t say that I have a problem specifically with celebrating it.  Obviously it is something worth a celebration.  However, the command given by Yeshua was to commemorate His death…”Do this in remembrance of Me.”  And that command was given in connection to a very specific, already established, feast.  The Passover.

The evening of the Lord’s last supper with his disciples was the beginning of Passover.  Passover is every year on the same date, the 14th of Nissan, on the Jewish calendar.  It begins at sunset and ends the following evening at sunset.  The Last Supper was the Passover meal, the Seder.  When Yeshua broke the bread, it was unleavened bread which symbolized His sinless life, and it was the bread they were commanded to eat at Passover by God when He instituted it at the time of the Exodus from Egypt.  Remember, a spotless male lamb was sacrificed, and it’s blood spread on the doorposts so that the people would be saved from the angel of death.  Yeshua is that spotless lamb who was sacrificed on Passover, and who’s blood saved us from eternal death.

Yeshua instructed His followers to continue to observe the Passover, but after His death, to observe it in remembrance of what He did for us on the cross. 

“Do this in remembrance of Me.”  Do THIS.  “This” is the PASSOVER.  Look, what Yeshua did with his disciples was break the bread, and drink the cup, as part of the Passover feast.  The Passover feast always pointed to the Savior who would one day come to save the world.  It was a living prophecy of the coming Messiah.  Yeshua fulfilled that prophecy that day, but He never instructed His followers to cease and desist.  He did instruct them to continue to observe the Passover, not as prophecy to come, but rather as prophecy fulfilled.

As I sat in church this morning, considering the coming Maundy Thursday service, and Easter to follow, I was overwhelmed by the Spirit of Christ.  “This is wrong!!” beat in my heart and throbbed in my head.  Passover.  PASSOVER!!!  That is when we are to remember the sacrifice Yeshua made for us.  We have grieved the Holy Spirit by paganizing the holy celebration of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God on the cross.  And now He is calling us back to Him.  Do you hear His call?  Leave the pagan worship of Easter behind you!  Return to Me and MY ways.  Who of you will stand for the Lord?  Who will dare to brave the “heresy” of leaving Easter where it belongs and celebrating Christ on HIS holy day, Passover?

It is the year 2017 on the solar calendar (the year 5777 on the Jewish calendar).  The 14th day of Nissan is tomorrow.  I am going to lead my family in a Seder meal.  It won’t  be perfect because I don’t know how to do it all, and quite frankly, I’m not totally prepared.  But I know we will be honoring Yeshua Messiah on the right day at the right time.  We will attend Maundy and Resurrection Day services.  The question for you and for me is what about next year?  Will we seek courage from God to speak to our church leaders and encourage a return to God’s feast where Yeshua, and only Yeshua, will be honored?  Or will we cower, and continue to mix pagan worship with Christian worship?  In so doing, will we ignore God’s call to return to Him and away from pagan gods as the Israelites did?  The Church has been celebrating Easter for nearly 2,000 years.  Old habits die hard.  Some habits need to be broken.

Here is a link to instructions for a Christian Passover written by Ann Voskamp:  Why A Christian Family Celebrate Passover: A Messianic Seder

Fitting an Immeasurable God into a Human-sized Box

Two, maybe three times this week someone spoke or wrote words that suggested that God is maybe not as big as we think He is.  It really bothered me.  My God is big.  Huge!  Enormous!!  Immeasurable to my puny little human mind.  Just because I can’t understand how big and powerful He is does not mean I should try to squish Him down into a box that fits my brain.

Recently I visited a Christian book store with a couple of my boys.  I can’t remember the conversation between the clerk and one of my boys, but I do remember him saying that God knows what we are going to do before we even do it.  The clerk said, “Well, I don’t know that He knows what we are going to do, but He is great.”  As we left the store, my son turned to me and said, “But Mom, the Bible tells us that God knows our thoughts before we speak them.”  Yes indeed.  Read the Word.  Psalm 139:4 – Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.  And Isaiah 46:9-10 – Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done….

During my Bible study this week, words were written that indicate that because God is so much greater than we are, then His time table is bigger than ours and thus, while creation on our time table was only 6 days, it was billions of years for God.  My question, who created time?  God did!  I don’t believe we can assign time to God.  As the creator of time, He is outside of it, not restricted by it.  If we believe that the Word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16), then we must believe that the words Moses wrote when writing the book of Genesis are of God.  The Hebrew word that Moses used to describe the creation (Genesis 1:5b) is the word for a 24-hour day.

Also during my Bible study, it was suggested that ‘Then God said, “Let there be light’; and there was light” meant that this light that God created was the spirit of the Messiah, who would later take on human form in Jesus.  A number of scripture passages were quoted which refer to Jesus as the Light of the world.  But something just seemed unsettling to me about this.  Then I reconsidered John 1:1-4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Compare to the first 5 words of the Bible:  “In the beginning God created….”  First of all, the Word was Jesus, the Messiah, and He was with God and was God…in the beginning.  God did not create the Messiah because He was part of Him.  Do I understand that?  Not with my human mind, but that is why God’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts.

Second, all things were made through Him (Jesus, the Messiah), and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In the beginning God created.  The spirit of the Messiah had to have been with God already before “let there be light” in order for all things to have been created by through Him.

Here’s the deal.  To me, all of these things listed above just seem to diminish my God and my Savior.  If God does not know everything, including the future and what I am going to do before I do it; and if God is limited by the time that He created, and couldn’t create the world in only 6 24-hour days, but needed billions of years to do it instead; and if the spirit of the Messiah was created by God, and not was not God, then He is not a God powerful enough for me.  I want to worship and serve a God is greater than anything I can fathom.  If I can shrink Him, then He is not God, He is just a limited being that can be explained away.  BUT, (and I thank God for that but!) He IS omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.  And He is worthy of my praise, and the sacrifice of my life in service to Him.  He is worthy to be called the One and only True God.

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