In America, Easter is commercially celebrated holiday, and means big business for the candy industry. Especially the clothing industry that stands to make billions on the little white, and pastel colored dresses and suits each parent purchases for their children, along with matching patent leather shoes. They all go to a relative’s house, and plan a big dinner, which usually includes a baked Ham, or some sort of Pork dish. And if the kids haven’t eaten enough sweets to help contribute to the overwhelming cases of diabetes, there is usually a big bunny shaped cake, sprinkled with coconut shavings to resemble the fluffy white Easter Bunny.
In Old Testament times, the priest would bring bulls, goats or a spotless lamb without any blemishes to be sacrificed as a sin offering for himself and for the people. The blood would purify and make atonement (forgive, make amends) for their sins. This was the old order of atonement. When Jesus came, He was a representation of the sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world. He was the final sacrifice. We no longer have to sacrifice animals to make atonement for our sins. Jesus has done this once and for all. It’s His blood that cleanses us from all sin. He was crucified on the cross (the form of execution in those days). The sin of the world was upon Him, yet He was without sin and blameless. He bore it all. This is why Jesus is referred to as the ‘Lamb of God’. He was bodily resurrected (came back to life) on the third day.
"He appeared to many – eating and drinking with them. He appeared to them for 40 days, then ascended (went up to) Heaven. Acts 1: 1-11
"Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it." - Will Durant, "The Story of Civilization
So this time, when you go to the sunrise service on Easter, reflect for a moment about why the rising sun is an inherently powerful and appealing force to our inner spirit.
Thus says the Lord: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles."- Jeremiah 10:2
In some translations the word "Gentiles" is replaced by "Heathens", but the two words have the same meaning:
As the Judeo-Christians could offer nothing better, they simply claimed what existed as their own, changed the story slightly, and then tried to cover up and break people's connection to the past.
Fertility Brings Life
Each year, Tammuz's death and resurrection were celebrated, despite the condemnation of the Judeo-Christian God.