Summary: Let's celebrate the Resurrection correctly!
Monday officially starts the Passover, but seeing this is Sunday and I need to blog now and then I thought I would get an early start. ;-) Christians should really celebrate the Lord’s resurrection on Passover, not Easter. After all, it was the Passover meal He was eating that we call the Last Supper or rather the Last Passover. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper/Table/Communion we are commemorating that meal so it really could be called the Lord’s Passover and maybe should be. He is the Passover lamb as Scripture clearly teaches.
1 Cor 5:7 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: KJV
So how did this Easter thing get started in the first place? There are many beliefs concerning this and really none of the variations really matter. Whether it was tied to pagan holidays or trying to find a common date for the sake of unity is irrelevant. Many councils could decide on a date, but the truth is Christ died as the Passover lamb and that is that. So why should you celebrate the death and Resurrection of the Passover lamb at any other time than on the Passover?
There was a lot of hoopla when it was decided to make Veterans Day a three day weekend and celebrated on the Monday closest to Nov 11th instead of on Nov 11th the actual date of the signing of the Armistice ending WWI. It was a monumental day and to be historically correct it should be celebrated on that day. I can remember being in school and pausing at 11:11 on Nov 11th to commemorate that history. I think it adds more meaning.
My wife and I were married on December 24th compliments of the military. Since most everything is either closed or in chaos that day we often have our anniversary meal out on another day. It is wonderful to celebrate, especially after forty years, but it would be better if we could celebrate on the actual day.
Emperor Constantine and others have misinterpreted Scripture thinking that we could not share anything that was Jewish and it was our duty not to do so because they murdered Christ. First of all, all men crucified Christ for He died for the sins of mankind, not just the Jews. Besides, the Jews could not have done it without the collaboration of the Roman/Gentile Pontius Pilate since the Jews had no authority under Roman rule to execute an person. Thus it is a grave injustice and anti-Semitic to call the Jews Christ killers. Mankind’s sins are the Christ killers.
Since He said that He laid down His life and no man could take it from Him both sides only did what they were allowed to do. He forgave them on the Cross so neither the Jews or Pilate would be accountable for the sins committed related to His crucifixion. That doesn’t mean they did not have to account for any other sins but those related to the crucifixion were forgiven so if they did not have to account for them we have no right to point fingers at either side. Look in the mirror and you will see who sent Christ to the Cross.