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What Easter Meant to Me?

Grace Christian Huynh

I always used to look forward to Easter. It was one of my favorite holidays of the year. The church would hold an annual egg hunt and have us do Easter crafts in Sunday school. I even got to decorate eggs that would soon smell and rot, but it was all worth it for the fun. But is doing all of that worth it for what God wants us to do?

My focus about Easter is what most Christian parents allow their children to believe when it comes to Easter. I never thought the Easter Bunny was real, but I enjoyed it when someone in a rabbit costume gave me candy or a really pretty plastic egg. Now that I know the true origin of the pagan Easter holiday, I am more aware about what I believe and follow, especially if people, not God, set the trend.

I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.– 2 John 1:4

Modern celebration in the United States of Easter has nothing to do with the Passover at all. The first things that come to mind when Easter is mentioned are eggs, a rabbit, baskets, spring, and church. What should be thought of first is the Passover, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and a day dedicated to worship.

When my parents, my brother and I realized remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ had nothing to do with decorated eggs and the Easter Bunny, we had opened our eyes and immediately stopped celebrating Easter the way millions do in the country. I was still young by then; I was about 8 years old. I did not cry or have a fit; neither did my brother. We were okay with it. I was okay with it because I knew it would be better for me and for God if I were to sacrifice a materialistic need.

Honestly, if every Christian were to think about it, the little things we do for holidays do not really make any logical connection to what the Christianized holiday is really about. Sure, those things are symbols that represent the bigger picture, but it has no connection to Jesus’ resurrection! Why must man have to add flesh to God’s pure word? For example, Easter is the name of a spring goddess. The name itself is already pagan!

“Easter—the name Easter comes to us from Ostera or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, for whom a spring festival was held annually, as it is from this pagan festival that some of our Easter customs have come” (Hazeltine, p. 53). (All of my cites are from the Bible and from the website whose link is pasted at the bottom of the page.)

I am not writing this to tell everyone to stop celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but to stop calling the resurrection day with the name of a pagan god. Rejoice on that day because Jesus Christ rose from the dead after three days! No one needs to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with dyed eggs and chocolate rabbits. That is not right at all. What is right is what God wants us to do and doing it in His name. If you are not sure about anything, read and study the Bible, think about Him, and pray to Him.

My son, keep your father’s command, 
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.
Always bind them to your heart;
tie them around your neck.
When you walk here and there, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you wake up, they will talk to you.
For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light,
and corrective discipline is the way to life. 

Proverbs 6:20-23

If you, the reader, would like to know more about the origin, history, and facts about Easter, I suggest that you go to this site: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t020.html. It has good information and it may answer all of your questions. I wish you all a happy Resurrection Day and for all of the students, have a happy weekend! Read just a few chapters of the Bible a day during your break! It will not take that long.

Grace Christian Huynh
04/06/2012

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