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Is Easter Celebration appropriate?

Today, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ as Easter Sunday. Is the Easter celebration appropriate for Christians? Did Christ really recommend his death and resurrection to be celebrated in this manner? The answer is No.

Christ truly died and arose and his resurrection is the victory of Christians.

2 Corinthians 5: 15 (NIV) – and he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Ephesians 2:12-13 (NIV) – Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from the citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

His death and resurrection brought about our freedom from the bondage of sin. He is the reason why we have hope of eternal life with God. This indeed should call for celebration because we who were once alienated from God and without hope, have now gain the privilege of son-ship and hope of life.

How do we celebrate these benefits which his resurrection has brought? First of all, Christians worship on Sunday in commensuration with the day Christ arose. This practice was exemplified by his apostles in the scripture (Acts 20:7). He further specifically instructed Christians to remember his death by taking the Lord’s Supper which he personally exemplified even before his death. This is the only instruction of remembrance given to Christians in the Bible.

Easter celebration is not a bad idea but it has no scriptural base hence it is inappropriate for Christians. It is purely based on human ideas and has nothing to do with the instructions of the scripture. We should be careful to abide by the doctrines of Christ without adding what seems good to us.

2 John 9 (NIV) – Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

Isaiah 55:9 (NIV) – As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thought than your thoughts.

Marinate on these as you walk with God. See you in my next post.

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