Why does our celebration of Easter change
from year to year. Is the resurrection of our Lord governed by the
Answer: The answer to this is two
fold. First Easter is not a biblical celebration for Christians.
It is only mentioned once in
12:4, and is a translation
of the Hebrew word "pasach" which means "Passover." Since our Lord
was crucified on this day, Christians have undertaken to institute
a celebration of His death on or near this date. Since the Jewish
calendar only has 360 days it means that the day on our calendar
varies from year to year.
Easter is pagan in origin and the word itself is derived from "Ostara"
in Anglo-Saxon language "Eástre." Ostara was a goddess. Its
celebration has varied from time to time and on the whole is a
little bit of Judaism and Paganism mixed into Christianity. It has
degenerated over the years and now the "eggs' and "bunnies" have
the most prominent places. God never likes mixtures, and His
command to His people in this relationship is found in
Corinthians 6:17, "Come
out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord."
Secondly the only biblical celebration we are told to observe is
the Lord's death. He says in
22:19, "...do this in
Remembrance of Me." This the early believers did,
Corinthians 11:23. He says
"as oft as we do this we shew the Lord's death till He come."
Corinthians 11:26. The
word "shew" means to "proclaim." Its not His birth we are to
proclaim; that the angels did in
2:11, its not His
resurrection, that the angels proclaimed in
28:5,6; but they did not
proclaim His death. Every time we observe the Lord's Supper we are
proclaiming His death. This we can only rightly do if we know Him
as Lord and Saviour.