Easter

He Is Risen

I will try to make a page about Easter. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. I think that all Christian people would say that the resurrection of Jesus was the most important event ever. The Apostle Paul thought so. In 1Cor15.14 he said that if Christ was not raised then our faith is useless. Thus we do well to celebrate it.

It is true that the word Easter is not a Bible word. It is used in the King James translation in Acts 12:14, but here the word should be Passover. It is so rendered in other translations. It really doesn't matter and the word Easter is very much a part of the language and everyone connects it to the resurrection of Jesus.

It is interesting to note that while we celebrate both Jesus' birth and resurrection he did not tell us to do either. There is one celebration he did tell us to keep. That was his death. At the Last Supper with his disciples, after giving them the bread and the wine he told them to, "do this in remembrance of me". There is some difference of opinion as to the meaning of these things, but it seems that he was emphasizing the importance of what was happening and that they could have a share in it. He had already told them in John 6:51 that he was going to give his flesh for the life of the world. He had asked them in Mark 10:38 if they could drink of the cup that he would drink of. The Apostle Paul shows us the meaning of this when in 1Cor. 10:16 he says, KJV, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" Strong defines "communion" here as "participation". This is a study all its own but I'll leave it at that. The fact that this taking of the bread and the cup was the only ritualistic thing that Jesus told his followers to do seems to show how important it was. It is important because it symbolizes what his life and death did for mankind. Of course it was important. The whole plan of God hinged upon it. Paul says in Rom.5: 18 "as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life". In 1Cor15: 22 "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive". This is what his death made possible. Of course it was important.

What is the relationship between Easter and the Jewish Passover? What were Jesus and the disciples doing in the upper room the night before his crucifixion? They were eating the Passover supper. This is a celebration that the Hebrew people have celebrated for over 3500 years and still do. What is the Passover? It is the commemoration of the Hebrew people's escape from slavery in Egypt. I think that all are aware of the story of Moses and his encounters with the Pharaoh of Egypt and his asking repeatedly "let my people go". All are aware of the ten plagues the Lord put upon Egypt. The last one being the death of all the firstborn of Egypt. The firstborn of the Hebrews were "passed over" because of the killing of the lamb and placing the blood on the door casing of each house. Then Moses miraculously lead the Israelites out of Egypt through the Red Sea and on towards the Promised Land. In 1Corinthians 10:6 Paul tells us, "Now these things were our examples", And in the 11th verse he says; " Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples". Both the words examples and ensamples are from the Greek word "tupos" which Strong defines as pattern, model, type. Many people think from this that the things that happened to the Hebrew people was a type or preview of a grander happening or anti-type later in history. Moses here leading the people from slavery to the Promised Land pictured Jesus leading mankind from sin and death to the Promised Land of a restored Garden of Eden. In Revelation 21:4 we read, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away".

Jesus was the anti-type of the Passover lamb. On that night

before the Hebrews left Egypt, the blood of the Passover lamb was sprinkled on the lentils and doorposts of their homes and where that was done the firstborn did not die. The merit of the blood of Jesus is what redeems mankind from the curse of sin and death.

We read in 1Peter 1:18& 19, " Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot". We read in John 1:29, "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world".

It is interesting to note that the firstborn were the only ones in jeopardy that night. In Hebrews 12:23 we read, "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect". This of course is referring to the true followers of Jesus as the church of the firstborn. These are those were able to drink of the cup that he drank of. These, not all mankind, are one trial for life, all others will be on trial in that future day of judgment.

This is not a comprehensive study of these things. The hope is that it might whet your appetite to look into it more.