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Both Interesting and Ironic

Were you aware of the fact that no one really knows for certain where the word easter comes from? Or when and why it became the name given to the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from his death on the cross?

The word itself is a form of words from the Old English and Old German languages—eastro and eostre—which mean ‘east’. And those words were derived from the Latin word, aurora, which means dawn. As in, dawn, or the rising of the sun, which comes from the east.

Semantically speaking it makes sense. But when you consider the fact that the Passover Feast, which God initiated wayyyyy back on the night the Hebrews (Israelites) fled Egypt, and how deeply symbolic and prophetic that first Passover was to the ultimate sacrificial lamb, aka, Jesus, it kind of makes you wonder when things changed and why we don’t still call the celebration…this most special and important celebration, the Passover.

After all, Jesus’ blood and death passed our sins and guilt over to him--putting the punishment on him instead of us. God then allowed Jesus to pass over the finality of death of the human body, and into life for all eternity. And finally, God will do the same for all of us. One day all of mankind will pass over the finality of human death to live forever, either with him or without him.

So, why not (still) call it Passover? I don’t know. But I do know these two things:

One: The word associations that brought about the change from Passover to Easter are interesting. But…

Two: It is ironic that we don’t know why the change was made, yet we know for sure and for certain that NOTHING will ever change the truth of why we celebrate.

Up from the grave He arose! With a mighty triumph o’er his foes. He arose the victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!



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