Does It Matter When We Celebrate Easter?

It seems as if every Easter someone comes out of the woodwork to challenge the Christian tradition of Easter. In years past it has been Time magazine or some other liberal, anti-Christian rag who tries to stir up the faithful by challenging scripture (remember Satan’s taunt to Eve: “Did God really say?”). Leave it to liberal MSNBC to  instigate things this year.

The date of Jesus’ birth is generally thought to be between 4-6 BC and his crucifixion between 29 and 33 AD. As to the exact date, there are many opinions on which we are unlikely to ever come to universal agreement. As to whether He had the last supper on a Wednesday or Thursday is really irrelevant. In reading the gospels, it appears to me that he took passover supper with His disciples on Thursday, was crucified on Good Friday, laid in the tomb Friday afternoon, remained entombed all day Saturday (the Sabbath) and rose early on Sunday morning (the Third Day) before sunrise. That is in line with the traditional view, but is not universal in its acceptance.

What matters is that a historical Jesus really was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died an ignominious death on a cross to save us from our sins and give us peace and reconciliation with God, and rose triumphantly from the grave to conquer death and sin. He then proved He was alive to many eyewitnesses, commissioned His disciples to take this Good News to the uttermost parts of the earth, and ascended to Heaven to join the Father, sending His Holy Spirit to indwell all who believe and put their faith in Him-as our Helper and as a down payment for what is to come. That is what we celebrate at Easter; our victorious risen Savior and King! Someone always seems to want to complicate the issues of simple faith…


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A disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ who believes that truth is ultimately revealed to the Christian by the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God (I John 2:26-27)
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