Easter is a pagan holiday that has morphed its way into Christianity. It was originally a holiday to the pagan goddess Aestarte, or Diana of Ephesus in the book of Acts. Rabbits are notorious for breeding hence the Easter Bunnies. Easter Sunday is supposed to be the day Christ was resurrected, but even that part isn’t true either.
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it* was still dark, and *saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1 NASB)
It was still dark and Christ was already resurrected when the Hebrew women arrived at the tomb on the first day of the week. So much for those sunrise services.
Another thing to consider: Who remembers historical events by the days of the week? The biggest events are recorded by a calendar date. July 4th, 1776, September 11, 2001, your children’s birthdays, the day people die, etc., etc. Think about tombstones. Do they say “Here lies John Doe. Born February 28th, 1902. Died on Monday.” No, of course they don’t. It is the same with Christ’s death. In fact, per prophecy, it had to be a calendar date for His death and subsequent resurrection. Christ was crucified on Abib 14 of the Hebrew calendar. He died as the Passover Lamb of God and that happens at dusk on Abib 14 every year. We know from the prophet Jonah that Christ had to be in the tomb for three days and three nights, so He was resurrected on 17 Abib. That’s easy.
So why change it to Sunday and call it Easter? One can really only speculate. Easter was kept in the Anglo parts of Europe, so it was probably grafted in by the people and then sanctioned by the clergy. Or perhaps anti-Semitic forces wanted to get rid of the Hebrew nature of our Messiah so losing the Hebrew calendar association might have been attractive. Who knows? But today, with all of the information we have available, it is quite easy to see that Easter has no place in a Bible believing household.
Let’s examine how the word Easter made it into the Bible. First we start with the actual command Christ gave us to keep in memory of Him.
And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” (Luke 22:15-20 NASB)
Jesus commanded His followers to continue keeping the Passover in remembrance of Him.
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) [The parenthesis are in the KJV, I didn’t put them there.] And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (Acts 12:3-4 KJV)
But the word being translated “Easter” in verse 4 is “Pascha” which is the Greek word for Passover. But don’t take my word for it, verse 3 proves it is a reference to Passover because Passover is the beginning of the Days of Unleavened Bread! Easter is a day, but “after the Passover” is a reference to Passover and the entire week of the Days of Unleavened Bread. Saying they wanted to apprehend him after Easter makes no sense in a first century Judaic tense, and even less in the New Testament which was written by first century Christians who would never have observed a pagan holiday from a thousand miles away!