When we look at the world’s view of Easter, we see the influence of the pagan world mixed in with the gospel message.
Each year the Easter celebrations move to a new date in line with the new full moons and ancient life of ‘Ishtar’ a Babylonian goddess. Her life story was part of the pagan beliefs of the early Roman Church and this celebration was substituted for the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The eggs, rabbits and chickens were pagan symbols of fertility and therefore became part of the season as the world sold and continues to sell chocolates in these forms, all over the world.
But DON’T let this distract us from the true message of the season; that Jesus was crucified, died on a cross and rose again three days later. From this, Jesus began His Church. His death was in line with a sacrificial system that God had started within His people.
John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.
Jesus died to pay the price for our sins but death was only the beginning! Jesus rose again and put His Spirit into His people, the church.
This church has continued from the time of the resurrection until now. Jesus is still present to save a sinful world, to restore broken lives and to give hope to the hopeless.
This is the real Easter message – Jesus, the Saviour of the world!!