WHY WE DON'T CELEBRATE EASTER ANYMORE.
Where is Easter in the bible?
“It wasn't until I began reading scripture myself that I realized many of the traditions and celebrations I grew up with and was now ingraining in my kids were not found in the bible. I began asking questions and looking for answers. I am SO glad that I did. ”
I'm not here to shame anyone into or out of anything. I was brought up catholic and I'm a student or learner by nature, I question everything. No one in the catholic church could give me answers. A simple google search will reveal to you where the tradition of Easter came from, see this article for example.
Easter is never mentioned in scripture, dyed eggs and cute bunnies in relation to this celebration aren't either. What is mentioned is Passover along with other biblical feasts appointed by Yahuwah, our creator. Guess what? they were kept by His son, Yehusua or as you may know him, Jesus. See Leviticus 23.
If our messiah and his disciples kept these holy days, why shouldn't we? After all, Matthew 5:17 tells us, "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete."
Faith without action is dead
“James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but has no actions to prove it? Is such "faith" able to save him? James 2:17 Thus faith by itself, unaccompanied by actions is dead. ”
I know from experience that MOST churches or congregations tell us we are forgiven no matter what, that Yahushua (jesus) loves us, and He does, but it's not that easy. Church in my opinion make the Son of Man sound like a whimp. Like a beggar of our following and faith. That is NOT the case. Our messiah is our SAVIOR, He is KING, He is SHEPERD and the GATE for the sheep. Throughout scripture you find Yehushua leading by example. Imagine if He thought as we do. "Oh, I won't fulfill my commandments and sacrifice, I mean I'll be forgiven anyway, YHWH is my father after all and I'm just going to go through this not as my father commanded, but in my own way and ask for forgiveness later." Isn't that what church tells us? Try to be good, do your best and repent at the end.
If Yahushua had to struggle through temptation to fulfill his purpose, who are we to skip through that part? He came to be a living example of SACRIFICE in all ways, from the way He lived, which was very humbly, to His sacrifice on the cross. Let's not forget He came to this world as a human. He had the same temptations we do. Yet He never sinned. He kept the Torah. Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell on his face praying," My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet- not what I want, but what you want!"
The cup represents his suffering. He didn't WANT to suffer, He was afraid, He was sad. He was obedient though.
Anyway. Scripture is there for all to read. Have at it. I just thought I'd give a quick answer to the question I've been asked a lot this month.