Did you know there is a difference between the two? Let’s start with what Easter is.
Easter is another holiday adopted from pagan rituals. While Easter itself is not actually a “pagan holiday”, it is made up of various pagan symbols. This is probably why the rabbit with eggs never made much sense because rabbits don’t lay eggs. The whole holiday was just thrown together with a mishmash of symbols. During the reformation most churches abandoned the practice of Easter stating that it is an abomination, however, there were several that held onto the tradition and even changed a few “symbols” or their meanings. We are going to take a look at these symbols and their meanings.
“Ēostre or Ostara (Northumbrian Old English: Ēostre; West Saxon Old English: Ēastre; Old High German: *Ôstara) is a goddess in Germanic paganism who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth), is the namesake of the festival of Easter. Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work De temporum ratione, where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent to the month of April) feasts were held in Eostre’s honor among the pagan Anglo-Saxons, but had died out by the time of his writing, replaced by the Christian “Paschal month” (a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus).”
The Easter Bunny: In medieval times it was believed that the hare, or rabbit, was a hermaphrodite that could reproduce without the loss of virginity leading it to the association of Mary. This is why you might find a rabbit in ancient painting of Mary and baby Christ. You may also find the hare as a symbol of the trinity with three rabbits forming a triangle. Keep in mind God told us not to symbolized the God Head.
Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Rabbits and hares, and eggs mind you, were all symbols of fertility in ancient history.
And here is one legend you might find interesting. “A young rabbit who, for three days, waited anxiously for his friend, Jesus, to return to the Garden of Gethsemane, little knowing what had become of Him. Early on Easter morning, Jesus returned to His favorite garden and was welcomed by His animal friend. That evening, when Jesus’ disciples came into the garden to pray, they discovered a path of beautiful larkspurs, each blossom bearing the image of a rabbit in its center as a remembrance of the patience and hope of this faithful little creature.” Seriously? I don’t remember that in the bible.
“Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.” It was used to scare children into behaving rather than enforcing the fear of God. Just like today.
Notice how it was the Germans who started the Easter bunny for a pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess festival which originated from Roman spring equinox festivals and Lutherans sucked it right up and spread it around in the Christian faith. Easter is full of pagan festival rituals.
The Easter Egg: As mentioned above, the egg was a symbol of fertility in ancient times.
“The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out. The ancient Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowruz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. The tradition continues among Persians of Islamic, Zoroastrian, and other faiths today. The Nowruz tradition has existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowruz to the king.” Interesting that Christians adopted a practice even of Islamic faith.
“The practice of decorating eggshell is ancient, pre-dating Christian traditions.Ostrich eggs with engraved decoration that are 60,000 years old have been found in Africa.Decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver, were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago. The custom of the Easter egg, however, originated in the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection; in A.D. 1610, Pope Paul V proclaimed the following prayer: Bless, O Lord! we beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord.” Somehow that symbol wasn’t good enough so we brought in the plastic egg and filled it our self with whatever we wanted. Mmmmm, chocolate. The egg is also suppose to represent the empty tomb or the stone of the tomb.
I don’t remember eggs or chocolate at the last supper as told in the bible. Why do we add to the words of God with pagan crap? Simple, we don’t want to be left out of the fun. So, we change it up a bit to make it “Christian” and that makes it seem like we are giving glory to God. Because we call it Christian? WOW! Here is another reason why pagan symbols were brought into the Christian faith. We need physical, tangible, symbols that God is real. Idols. While you might not actually worship the rabbit or the egg, you are using it to fool yourself into keeping the faith of Christ. Perhaps it gives you a reason to so-called “celebrate” the death and resurrection of Christ. Would you still celebrate without the rabbit, eggs, and chocolate? Would that make it less meaningless? Easter has nothing to do with Christ dying for our sins and defeating death for us. Even non Christians celebrate Easter. Are we not to be a peculiar people? Not conforming to the world?
What is Passover? This is the true story of the death and resurrection of Christ and why He died for us. This is what we should be teaching our children.
Exodus 12:1-13 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
God chose the best name for this event. Passover. The shed blood of the sacrifice on the door mantel saved God’s people. His angel of death passed over any house with the blood. That is what Christ is for us. His blood covers us so the angel of death will pass over us.
Notice in Numbers 9:11-13 The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it. But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the Lord in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.
Christ was our passover sacrifice and none of His bones were broken.
Deuteronomy 16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee:
Christ was sacrificed outside the city gates.
John 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
All of those that follow Christ are of one body. That body was released.
After Christ ascended into heaven, the event for Christians was no longer called Passover. Passover was now strictly a Jewish holiday. John wrote these after Christ ascended.
John 2:13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
John 11:55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
We can see that Easter is mentioned in the bible.
Acts 12:3-4 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 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.
King Herod celebrated Easter. King Herod was not Jewish nor Christian nor did he care about either enough to wait until after a “Christian” holiday to kill Peter. Why? Because Easter was not a Christian holiday.
Leaven is a biblical symbol for sin. A little sin will ruin the whole batch. You can not put paganism in with the Glory of God.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven (Jewish Old Testament Passover ways), neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness (Paganism); but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.