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Origin of Easter

How and when did the name Easter originate
It began at the Tower of Babel history states
Huge egg fell from heaven believes Babylonians
Goddess Easter then hatches by pagan tradition

Called Resurrection Sunday in Christianity
We have lost the true meaning in our society
Yet the egg often symbolizes the resurrection
Empty shell and tomb as a visual illustration

Church egg hunts are a powerful outreach tool
When combined with the Gospel message too
Let it be fun so neighborhood kids will attend
Then extend a salvation invitation at the end

Bible verses below give us answers each day
Why is the resurrection so important anyway
Does it matter what I believe if I am sincere
Will God see my good over bad things here

Jesus died for you with His hands open wide
Freely inviting you to His nail-pierced side
Two thieves indicates God gave us a choice
One rejected Him, other belief echoed his voice

Jesus’ body was not stolen or just disappeared
God raised Him up as seen by all He appeared
All your past and future sins He paid the price
Have you ever personally accepted His sacrifice

God gave me another egg analogy I will share
Two kinds of eggs representing our souls here
Soft yolk ready to believe Jesus with their heart
Hard yolk by rejecting Him, he chose to depart

Soft yolk receives forgiveness and heaven eternally
Sealed by the Spirit freed from curse of sin penalty
Hard yolk condemned and cast into the lake of fire
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth forever

Soft yolk experienced trials and difficulties for sure
But because of his seal by the Spirit he was secure
Hard yolk lived a good life trying to earn God’s favor
But never placed his faith in Jesus alone as his Savior

© Carol S. for Resurrection Sunday 2013

Based on the following Bible verses and many more could be included:

Rom. 3:10-12, 23; Rom. 6:23; Rom. 10:9-10; Luke 13:22-30; Luke 23:39-43;
John 3:16-18; John 14:6; 1 Cor. 15:1-19; Eph 1:13; Heb. 7:26-27; and Heb. 10:10
Below is an excerpt from the website I used for the poem at the following link:
http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t020.html and a devotional by Max Lucado
Where did “Easter” get its name? Where did the concept of an Easter egg and bunny originate?
The name “Easter” has its roots in ancient polytheistic religions (paganism). On this, all scholars agree. This name is never used in the original Scriptures, nor is it ever associated biblically with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For these reasons, we prefer to use the term “Resurrection Sunday” rather than “Easter” when referring to the annual Christian remembrance of Christ's resurrection.
Most reference books say that the name “Easter” derived from the Eastre, the Teutonic goddess of Spring. Although this relationship exists, in reality, the origin of the name and the goddess are far more ancient - going all the way back to the Tower of Babel. The origin begins not long after the biblical Flood.

Most children and families who color or hide Easter eggs as part of their Resurrection Sunday tradition have no knowledge of the origin of these traditions. Easter egg activities have become a part of Western culture. Many would be surprised and even dismayed to learn where the traditions originated.

The rabbit is well known as a sexual symbol of fertility….As you may remember, the Mother Goddess Semiramis (Easter) is associated with the Moon. In other words, the Easter bunny symbolizes the Mother Goddess. Annual Spring time fertility rituals are associated worship of the Mother Goddess and Tammuz, the reincarnation of her husband Nimrod.

“The egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. They believed an old fable about an egg of wondrous size which was supposed to have fallen from heaven into the Euphrates River. From this marvelous egg - according to the ancient story - the Goddess Astarte (Easter) [Semiramis], was hatched. And so the egg came to symbolize the Goddess Easter.”


Eternal Choices
by Max Lucado on 3/26/13 at www.maxlucado.com

God gives eternal choices, and these choices have eternal consequences.

Isn’t this the reminder of Calvary’s trio?  Ever wonder why there were two crosses next to Christ?  Why not six or ten?  Ever wonder why Jesus was in the center?  Could it be the two crosses on the hill symbolize one of God’s greatest gifts?  The gift of choice. The two criminals were convicted by the same system.  Condemned to death.  Equally close to the same Jesus.  But one changed and one did not.

You’ve made some bad choices in life, haven’t you?  You look back and you say, “If only I could make up for those bad choices.”  You can.  When one thief on the cross prayed, Jesus loved him enough to save him.  When the other mocked, Jesus loved him enough to let him.  He allowed him the choice. And he does the same for you and me.

Then (the thief) said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:42-43

from He Chose the Nails

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