The Error of Easter, The Lunacy of Lent and the Fable of Good Friday.
The greatest days for church attendance each year are Christmas and Easter. Now, personally, I like these days because it reminds every person on earth that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and died, was buried and resurrected for our sin. Everyone is reminded of these two truths twice a year. Also like the truths, there are some lies that are perpetrated at the same time.
THE ERROR OF EASTER
"Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." Acts 12:1-4
The King James Bible is correct...the word is "Easter," not "Passover." How do we know that the word is supposed to be "Easter" and not "Passover?" Easter was a pagan holiday kept by Herod, a pagan king. The days of the "unleavened bread" had not passed.
"And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread." Leviticus 23:6
In a nutshell, "Passover" comes before the "unleavened bread." while "Easter" comes after the "unleavened bread."
It is a lie to translate it any other way.
THE LUNACY OF LENT
Lent is a forty day period begun forty days before Easter whereby an individual gives up something for the Lord. It begins with "Ash Wednesday" (i.e., smearing of ashes on the forehead as a sign of repentance.) This "something" given up may be the same thing each year or something different.
"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it..." Romans 14:5-6a
As Christians, we are to have no special diet or day.
THE FABLE OF GOOD FRIDAY
It is pretty much taken for granted that Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday, but it is impossible to crucify someone on Friday, let him stay "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" and get up on Sunday. It you start with the day He arose, Sunday, and count backward, you have Him being crucified on Thursday. If you count from Friday, three days and three nights, you have him being risen on Monday. Notice it is "three days and three nights," not vice versa, so it has nothing to do with when the Jewish day began, at dark or at midnight. Jesus did not say "three nights and three days." We know when Christ arose:
"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils." Mark 16:9
Jesus arose the "first day of the week." The first day of the week is and was Sunday, the day after the weekly Sabbath.
Notice also that Jesus said that Noah was in the "whale's belly" and not "the big fish's belly." The whale was created by God and named by God, on the fifth day. All the animals and man were created by God and named by Adam on the sixth day.
"And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field..." Genesis 2:19-20a
Whether you kept the day or ignored it:
"...let God be true, but every man a liar..."
Keep Looking Up!
This Blog is a republish of Leland Maples which he submitted while he was being an ambassodor for Christ while he was with us. Enjoy!