by Kimberly B. Southall
Is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ good enough for you? That sounds like a ridiculous question, particularly when directed toward a Christian. The answer which would follow would be, "Of course!" But when the Passover season rolls around each year and Christ's church puts a little more emphasis on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, I hear His resurrection referred to as "Easter," and I see far too many bunnies and eggs creeping into the church scene. And I wonder why.
Many people don't realize why calling
Christ's resurrection by the term "Easter" is wrong. And I can certainly
understand that, because until someone explained it to me, I didn't know
any better, either. "Easter" is the name of a false goddess. Sad but true.
(If you would like more information on the origins of
the traditions of "Easter," you can read
them online at http://www.OneWayOnly.net/easter.html.) And
you can be certain that Jesus' apostles and other followers of Bible times
did not refer to His resurrection as "Easter." Did you know that
God's Word specifically forbids us from such a practice?
That "do not," directly from God, is as plain as it gets. We are not to let the names of false gods to be heard on our lips, much less refer to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with the name of a false goddess! Think about what it really means to God when we do so. Again, I understand if someone who has never had this explained to them erroneously refers to the resurrection of Christ as "Easter." But what about those who do know better and do it anyway? That's when I begin to wonder what they could be thinking. Isn't Christ's sacrifice good enough for them? Why is there a need to add not only the worldly bunnies and decorated eggs to His resurrection, but to also refer to His supreme sacrifice with the name of a false goddess? I just cannot comprehend why anyone would knowingly choose to do this.
Have you ever given serious thought
to this? Think about Jesus, sinless, being "framed" in an illegal court.
Think about Him being brutally beaten. Think about Him being mocked, spit
upon, and having some of his beard ripped out (
So ask yourself: "Was Jesus' sacrifice good enough?" Or does His resurrection need some man-made "improvements"--say a bunny here, a decorated egg there, and why not call His supreme sacrifice by the name of a false goddess? I think not. I know this article won't be popular with some readers, but that doesn't excuse me from the obligation to share the truth. And no matter what anyone else thinks, I know that the sacrifice Jesus made was good enough. And there isn't anything that I, you, or anyone else could ever do to "improve" His sacrifice.
What about you? Do you think His death, burial, and resurrection was good enough?
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