Today, Resurrection Day, should be the absolute happiest day in a Christian’s life. Yes, even more so than Christmas. Resurrection Day is the day we have set aside to celebrate Christ’s ultimate goal in coming down and robing Himself in flesh so that He could be the final sacrifice that would make it possible for each of us to has our sins washed away and that we could, and still can, be filled with His Spirit, the Holy Ghost. He did all this so that we will be able to spend our eternity with Him. Isaiah states this plainly:
Isa 53:5 KJV But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:5 The Message: But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him – our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.
It was never God’s intention for us to have an Easter egg hunt or get excited about the Easter bunny. Those things have absolutely nothing to do with it. The name Easter is derived from a pagan goddess which, who would have thought with all those bunnies, basically is about fertility. From what I have read and understand, she’s also how we came up with the word estrogen. She was supposed to be the goddess who made everything grow.
Well, my God, you know His name… Jesus, He is the one who created all the earth, the trees, everything that grows. So, you see, I cannot go about with the tradition of calling it Easter. When I hear that word it reminds me of the origin from which it came. I am not saying that anyone who gets excited about the egg hunts or the baskets is a terrible person, but behind all of this tradition that started thousands of years ago is something many do not realize.
Tradition can be good, but, in general, it can also be what holds people back from God. Just one example I am sure more than one of us have heard from someone we witnessed to: "I’m not allowed to pray like that, even though I see it in the Bible. I was taught it was wrong."
So,that is why you hear me say "Happy Resurrection Day!" instead of "Happy Easter". God, who created this universe, came down and robed Himself in flesh so that I can be saved through His torment and affliction, and because of His long, excruciating walk down to Calvary. His blood paid for my sins and for all people’s sins. For that we are celebrating today!
Thank you Jesus for being my reason for salvation. Thank you for enduring that pain and torture for me!
Have a blessed and Happy Resurrection Day!