What is Easter Sunday?

 Easter  Sunday

Question: "What is Easter Sunday?"

There is a lot of confusion regarding what Easter Sunday is all about. For some, Easter Sunday is all about the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. Most people understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection of Jesus is related to the Easter eggs and/or Easter bunny.

Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to Easter Sunday. As a background, please read our article on the origins of Easter. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus' resurrection with a celebration that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Jesus' resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians chapter 15). While it is appropriate for Jesus' resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus' resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with Jesus' resurrection on a Sunday.

It is not wrong to decorate Easter eggs and hide them for children to find. The Easter traditions today are so far removed from the ancient practices that they do not carry the same meaning. It is our contention, though, that the day on which we celebrate Jesus' resurrection should not be referred to as "Easter Sunday." Rather, something like "Resurrection Sunday" would be far more appropriate and biblical. For the Christian, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus' resurrection.

By all means, celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christ's resurrection is something that should be celebrated every day, not just once a year. At the same time, if you choose to celebrate Easter Sunday, do not allow the fun and games to distract your attention from what the day should truly be all about - the fact that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and the fact that His resurrection demonstrates that we can indeed be promised an everlasting home in Heaven by receiving Jesus as our Savior.

If you would learn more about how Jesus' death and resurrection provided for our salvation, please read the following article: What does it mean to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?

Recommended Resource: Why Celebrate Easter by Steve Russo.

Related Topics:

What are the origins of Easter? Should we even be celebrating Easter?

How is the date for Easter determined?

What is Good Friday?

What is Maundy Thursday?

What is Palm Sunday?

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