Therefore live each day as he wills, not just on Sunday.
Hi, dear friends. Hope you’re having a great day and looking forward to Easter? I’ve been receiving information that it’s toward March 27 this year or some time before or later (Not Sure!) but whatever the date, it’s good to plan what we would be doing that Easter.
Here in the country, both believers and unbelievers do celebrate this moment as if it were some kind of secular celebration. We also know that this moment of the year is for celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. Though the origin of this celebration is the pagan celebration as written in history:
A festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara and celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April. Also known as Eostre.
History also records:
A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ; the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, neither earlier than March 22 nor later than April 25.
Pagans celebrates Easter within April and the Christians also celebrate it every first Sunday following the full moon but between March 22 and April 25. Therefore, this makes it so similar to a pagan celebration.
We Don’t Need To Argue
The fact that Easter, Christmas and other celebrations may evolve from paganism has caused a lot of division in Christ’s body these days. We discriminate those who celebrate and join those who don’t. It’s all silly! What’s the difference between the Easter celebrated by Pagans and that celebrated by Christians? Pagans use it to worship the goddess, Eostre or Ostara while the Christians celebrate Easter to mark the resurrection of Christ. Even so, I guess we shouldn’t be using the word, Easter. It’s origin is from the word, Eostre (a goddess) which means that celebrating this after her name is still kind-ah subjecting us to something akin to celebrating her.
Why Not Call It Resurrection Sunday?
Since Easter originated from the name of the goddess, Eostre, we sure should not be celebrating Eostre: we aren’t followers of Eostre. We are followers of Christ and if we call it Resurrection Sunday, I’m sure it will make more meaning especially identifying what we are celebrating.
Easter is all about Christ’s celebration (in the Christian way) but anyone who listens to that name recognizes it originated from Eostre, perhaps, they don’t know our motive isn’t to celebrate Eostre but Christ. I believe if we call it Resurrection Sunday there will be more life in our celebrations of his Resurrection and more difference between Christians and the world.
Our Best Stupidity
You know what, we are just so stupid after discovering that Easter is originated from Eostre that we conclude to shut ourselves off from those who celebrate the moment. Don’t be so stupid! Celebrate it with them! They (those Christians who call it Easter) have it inside their hearts that the day is for remembering the Lord’s resurrection and we also have it in ours too, even if we mayn’t call it Easter.
Let’s look beyond what we call it to whom we follow. Why do we celebrate it? Who’re we honoring? When we don’t get past the word we call it, we’ll spend much time criticizing others who call it one name or the other. It’s akin to quiet time. My dad believes it’s different from what he calls covenant time or agreed or set time but it’s not. This sometimes put criticism in his tone. It’s that way! We could have the same focus, aim or motive but we may call it different things.
I once was told that we who don’t attend church are different from those who do and those who do are unbelievers but when I read Paul’s words in Romans 14:5-16, I could see things differently.
One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike [sacred]. Let everyone be fully convinced (satisfied) in his own mind.
6He who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
7None of us lives to himself [but to the Lord], and none of us dies to himself [but to the Lord, for]
8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or we die, we belong to the Lord.
9For Christ died and lived again for this very purpose, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
11For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise].(A)
12And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God.
13Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.
14I know and am convinced (persuaded) as one in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is [forbidden as] essentially unclean (defiled and unholy in itself). But [none the less] it is unclean (defiled and unholy) to anyone who thinks it is unclean.
15But if your brother is being pained or his feelings hurt or if he is being injured by what you eat, [then] you are no longer walking in love. [You have ceased to be living and conducting yourself by the standard of love toward him.] Do not let what you eat hurt or cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died!
16Do not therefore let what seems good to you be considered an evil thing [by someone else]. [In other words, do not give occasion for others to criticize that which is justifiable for you.]
My dad and I have got much differences in christian views but never once do I let that have me hate him or criticize him. Never once except out of ignorance have I intentionally written or spoken against attendees. I usually expose the shamefulness of organized religion holding people from seeing Father’s love but I love the people and I know many who are in organized system but aren’t caught in the religious game. They love God and others and don’t play religion. What’s the secret? They don’t demand people do things their way and it would be better if others don’t demand they do it their way. There would be no criticism if we don’t demand people do things our way and if they don’t demand we do things their way. Let’s be however God puts us.
Celebrating Resurrection Sunday
Sometimes we usually assume this moment to be for secular partying but would there be anyway of celebrating the Lord’s resurrection other than meeting each other to encourage others on the importance of his Resurrection? What if we spent some time that Sunday growing our young ones and new believers on the power of the Lord’s resurrection? If we had meals together with other believers as a family, spend time reading scripture, meet in each other’s homes, wouldn’t it look more blessed to discover that we could live his life sharing with each other all he did that day as he resurrected and the purpose of his resurrection? Of course. That’d help more in many ways than we can ever fathom. Just having the Resurrection Sunday as a moment to party and eat with friends with no opening of the importance of celebrating that day is just lifeless.
If you care or are free to, you could call over few folks or dozen of them, not necessarily the same institution you attend, and you could share the life of the Resurrection together, have meals more like a family. What if we took this Easter to be beyond our normal Sunday church programmes and celebrate it more like a family rather than a production, party or meeting?
There Is Something, Though
I took my time talking about sharing the life of Christ’s resurrection on that Sunday but I guess I’ll be so stupid talking about only Sunday. Think about it! What if we had sometime spending each day as our Resurrection Sunday? It’s not stupid! What do you think? With all I’ve written above, most people will feel glad to only share Christ’s life and the power of his resurrection on Sunday but other days will be left empty as they spend their time living for the world. Let’s sort to live each day sharing the testimony of Christ’s victory over death as he resurrected, not only on Sunday but everyday. Christ resurrected, perhaps, on Sunday but he didn’t resurrect for us to have life only on Sundays. He died that we will have life and have it abundantly. No shortage of life. The life isn’t limited to days of the week. It’s a life that flows into us each day.
Since we are offered a resurrection life to live, that means we are to live everyday as resurrection Sunday, Monday, etc.
Therefore, after the Sunday of the celebration, live everyday as if it were the Resurrection Sunday. Then you’ll discover that all day is the Lord’s and must be lived unto the Lord.
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Have a blessed week.