The meaning and the day has come a long way over the years.  The death, burial and resurrection are what we know to be the true meaning of Easter.  People brought other things into the day and we now have an Easter bunny with retail sales hitting the $16 billion mark making it fourth in retail sales with Christmas #1 $616.9 billion, Mothers’ Day #2 $20.7 billion and Valentine’s Day #3 $17.3 billion(2012-13).  When did that bunny come into the picture?  Easter bunny has roots in German immigrant communities of the 18th century.  According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called 'Osterhase' or 'Oschter Haws.'  The significance of eggs came from their symbolizing new life as well as fertility and continuing life.   Chocolate and candy came along soon after.  “Easter” only appears in the KJV Bible one time in the verse Acts 12:4.  A better translation of the Greek word “Pascha” used in Acts 12:4 is Passover.  Although Passover was celebrated by the early Christian Church, today it remains a holy day celebrated by the Jewish people.  Christians, of course, celebrate Easter and many call it Resurrection Sunday.  Without a doubt, the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah is of great importance to the history of mankind.

So let us keep our focus on Jesus.  You can read in your Bible about Easter in the following verses:  Matthew 20:17-19, Matthew 27:50-54, Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 8:31, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53, John 11:25-26, Acts 4:33, Acts 17:31, Romans 1:4-5, Romans 6:4-11, Romans 8:11, Romans 10:9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-58, Philippians 3:10-12, and 1 Peter 1:3-4.

-Bro Curtis

   April 2019   
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