Is it Easter or Resurrection?
What is it really that we are celebrating this week, culminating on Sunday? Is it Easter or the Resurrection of Jesus? The last time I checked Easter is not in the bible! So how did we get here in the 21st century with Christians and churches everywhere celebrating Easter! I get it when the Emperor Constantine came into power a lot was changed many things concerning those who call themselves Christians. Names of holidays, sites and the anti-Jewish sentiment. Christianity was birthed out of Judaism. The apostle that most of us think was the greatest leader in Judaism. His name was Saul of Tarsus, but he changed it to Paul. That same Saul that you read in your bibles who persecuted the early believers in the Resurrection and those who believed that Jesus was the Messiah.
So what does an egg have to do with Jesus rising from the dead? Eggs are dropped, they crack and when put in hot water become dead or hard boiled! Jesus was buried and he did drop down into hell to get the keys of death, hell and the grave then He ascended into heaven to sprinkle His blood on the eternal mercy seat for you and me! Paul said in Acts 26:23 that the Messiah being the first to rise from the dead, that he would proclaim light to the Jewish people and the Gentiles. He also said in 1 Cor 15 "that if Christ is not raised then our faith is futile and we are still in our sins"! So Jesus is risen and seated! The easter bunny drops eggs, we collect them and then eat them, no rising and seating for them.
A familiar childrens story about Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All of the kings men could not put Humpty back together again! Jesus is the eternal King who came, died, and rose again for you and me! He is not a fairy tale as some would have you to believe. He is real and alive and He loves you and desires a relationship with you! not religion. He never came to start a new religion, no he came to die to pay the price for your sin and mine. All of us have sinned and there must be payment for them. So if there must be a payment, then who pays? God said I did with my own son! all we need to do is receive that payment or reject it! if you receive it, you move out of darkness and into His marvelous light! if you reject it, well your still dead in your sin and when you die payment is due. Perfection has a high price tag, that none of us could pay! we may think we can but we cannot, and God knew that. Hence the reason for sending his son, to die and then rising again to make the payment for us on the eternal mercy seat.