Summary: Easter or Resurrection Sunday, which is it really?

Where do we go from here?

A teachable moment.

Luke 24:30-(31) ; 44-49

Matthew 28:19-20

Last Sunday, we, (Christians all over the world) celebrated Easter.

However, the correct terminology should have been Passover or Resurrection Sunday.

I’m not here to mess up any body’s religion. But I want you to know the truth. ( when you know the truth, the truth makes you free)

...Easter does not commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection. Easter is a pagan holiday. It recognizes the Chaldean goddess Astarte. The Babylonians call her Ishtar - still other cultures called her Astoreth... she is a fertility goddess.

I believe that this god was in the form of a rabbit. Rabbits are known for being very fertile creatures. Think about it, worshipping a rabbit. What will you have if you conceive, rabbits.

And what’s up with the eggs. Rabbits don’t lay eggs, chickens do. Oh, so confusing... The Roman Catholic Church adopted this tradition making it a part of the Resurrection Sunday festivities. And we have gone on along with it.

I am so glad that Paul instructed Timothy to study to show himself approved ...

People we need to do the same thing. (Study) We want the blessings of God, but we keep coming up short because we want things our way. We don’t study to find God’s way, we just go with the flow. No!!!

Some have been known to say, what you don’t know won’t hurt you. I’m here today to tell you that, that’s a lie from the pits of hell. What you don’t know will not only hurt you, but it will kill you.

When we use certain things in our celebrations, or when we do certain things, we need to ask, where did this come from? Is it from God or just a Manmade tradition. (Ham story) Remember only the things of God will last.

Little House on the Prairie. ...... There is an episode that I remember fondly where Elizabeth, the baby girl fell in love with newborn puppies. The older girls were talking about how many children they would have when they grew up, Elizabeth decided that she would not have children, instead she would have puppies....

When we mix bunny rabbits with chicken eggs and chocolate, then you throw in an old rugged cross, Can you imagine the confusion this twist of nature is having on some of our children? ....... That’s probably why Elizabeth wanted to grow up and have puppies instead of babies. It could very well be the reason why some of the children today grow up with minds so twisted that they go out and slaughter innocent people.

But I will move on...

The whole point of Easter, or should i say it correctly (Resurrection Sunday) just like the Christmas Holiday, I don’t believe is realized by the people of God. We have not fully grasped what it is all about.

Now, We have celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior for 2013. But even though the celebration is over for this year, we are still faced with the harsh realities of all that is wrong with and in our world today.

* unrelenting hatred in the hearts of men - .....

Kkk had a rally in Jackson recently .....

* terror on the horizon - Korea ......

They have such a hatred for us that they want to wipe this country off the face of the map.

* evil running rampant in our country, our world

* in Jackson last week a decorated police detective was shot and killed

in the line of duty in a place that should have been a safe haven for him. .....

* 7 month old baby boy raped by his mother’s boyfriend ......

* all types of perversion men with men and women with women, then there are those who go both ways .... Sick, perverted acts

* the conflict between the Israelies and the Palestinians continue today (Abraham’s two boys)

* there are diseases for which we have no cure

* many are in despair because the world offers no hope

Even though We have celebrated the resurrection which brought an opportunity of change in our lives, but the question remains, where do we go from here?

What have we done to bring about the change that we’ve been given the opportunity to realize?

Many of us have been through this celebration for 40, 50 and even sixty years, but there has been no change in us. Sunrise services.... passion plays depicting what happened at that time ....We sing about how we will cherish the old rugged cross, but it’s not happening. We lie, we cheat, we steal, kill .....

We talk about how He arose and the power that was given Him, we now have it, but with the least wind blowing in our direction, we get thrown off course. I submit to you today that - Something is wrong. Where do we go from here?

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