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WHAT ABOUT EASTER?. Acts 12:1-5. WHAT ABOUT EASTER?. INTRODUCTION. Each year at this time we hear things about colored eggs, and rabbits. Throw in something about the resurrection of Christ, and having to wear some new clothes and you have Easter.

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    1. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? Acts 12:1-5

    2. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? INTRODUCTION Each year at this time we hear things about colored eggs, and rabbits. Throw in something about the resurrection of Christ, and having to wear some new clothes and you have Easter. But what is a Christian to believe about Easter?

    3. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? WHY DOES THE DATE CHANGE? Easter is the convergence of 3 particular events: 1. The Hebrew Passover. 2. The commemoration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. 3. A pagan festival of Spring.

    4. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? WHY DOES THE DATE CHANGE? In the 4th century a method to calculate “Easter Sunday” was adopted and is still followed today. 1. The first Sunday after the first full moon. 2. After the vernal equinox. 3. On or after March 21st (the first day of Spring). Easter can fall on or between March 21st and April 25th of any given year.

    5. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? WHY DOES THE DATE CHANGE? Easter is celebrated for several reasons: 1. “Christendom” considers this to be the greatest event in the Christian religion. 2. Many believe that the new plant life in the Spring symbolizes the new life people have in Christ. 3. Easter marks the end of the Winter season and ushers in the season of Spring.

    6. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? SOME EASTER TRADITIONS A. Lent and Ash-Wednesday. B. Maundy-Thursday and Good Friday. C. Easter Eggs and Rabbits. D. Wearing New Clothes.

    7. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? ACTS 12:4 AND EASTER A. There is an unfortunate translation in the KJV which uses the word Easter. B. The Greek word is “pascha” and is translated as Passover in every other translation instance. It should have been so translated in the KJV, in Ac. 12:4. C. The KJ translators allowed the traditions of their present day determine the English word they used.

    8. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST Four important reasons to believe in the resurrection (see 1Cor. 15:14,14b,15,17). If there is no resurrection: 1. Our preaching is in vain. The apostles preached the resurrection (Ac. 2:24; 4:2,19,20; Ac. 17:18,31).

    9. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST Four important reasons to believe in the resurrection (see 1Cor. 15:14,14b,15,17). If there is no resurrection: 1. Our preaching is in vain. 2. Our faith is in vain. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).

    10. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST Four important reasons to believe in the resurrection (see 1Cor. 15:14,14b,15,17). If there is no resurrection: 1. Our preaching is in vain. 2. Our faith is in vain. 3. The apostles are false witnesses. The church is built on the preaching of the apostles (Eph. 2:20).

    11. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST Four important reasons to believe in the resurrection (see 1Cor. 15:14,14b,15,17). If there is no resurrection: 1. Our preaching is in vain. 2. Our faith is in vain. 3. The apostles are false witnesses. 4. We are still in our sins. Baptism saves by the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 6:3,4; 1Pet. 3:21).

    12. WHAT ABOUT EASTER? CONCLUSION A. Not everything about Easter is “off limits.” B. Belief in the death, burial and resurrection is essential to becoming a Christian. C. Three great celebrations: 1. The Lord’s Supper celebrates… the Lord’s death. 2. The Lord’s baptism celebrates… the Lord’s burial. 3. The Lord’s day celebrates… the Lord’s resurrection.