Sunday, April 16, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHY I DON'T CELEBRATE EASTER

1 Corinthians 11:23-25
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Take away, the new clothes, the egg hunts, the chocolate, the big meal on Easter Sunday and for many it becomes just another Sunday. Once a year Believers in His death, burial and resurrection remember the day our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Son of God. Some call this day Easter Sunday others call it Resurrection Sunday others declare it to be a pagan celebration that should not be carried out. The significance of the day should not be discounted and should be more than one of the rare occasions the family goes to church together.

There are many Christians who do not celebrate Easter because they say it is of pagan origin, though I have read this idea it is not why I choose not to have egg hunts and all that is associated with the “holiday”.  I don’t celebrate Easter because it has become very commercialized, it is a profitable day even for non-believers. In my limited research,  the one thing I know for sure is the term ‘Easter’ is not in the Bible.

2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

My decision to no longer ‘celebrate’ Easter is part of my faith journey. Along with Easter I am rethinking Christmas: I think it is great to have a time of giving but the truth is we do not know the day Jesus was born. The idea that food, clothing and self-indulgent activities has become the basis of the birth, death and resurrection of the Son of God is quite unsettling. Should I, or anyone else, go along with this tradition just because -this is what we have always done?

The Apostle Paul reminded us that we are to eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of Jesus. Communion is part of our Christian journey, there is no set time for communion we can do it anytime and anywhere. Communion has become a tradition according to the doctrine of the church. The significance of it not fully appreciated by far to many Believers. (Matthew 26:26-30)

MARK 7:13
“making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

“And many such things you do.” Many things like celebrate Easter with bunnies, new clothes and special church services which results in a temporary enthusiasm for church, but may not strengthened a persons’ relationship with God.  Christmas has become about getting bigger, better and more regardless of how much debt one accumulates. Churches create elaborate programs acknowledging the birth of Jesus during Christmas and His resurrection during the time when some are remembering the Passover. Christmas and Easter are times designated for churches to present the gospel to those who would not otherwise attend church. The church does “many such things” when what we need is to commune with our Lord.

LUKE 10:41-42
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was busy doing stuff but Mary chose to just sit at Jesus feet. For those who do want to celebrate Easter, please do not let my opinion give you any pause. I would suggest that you study Scripture and determine what Jesus would have you to do. I believe people need to learn how remember Him every day.  xxxMarsha L F Randolph

Luke 22:19
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

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