Happy Celebration Of Christ’s Death And Resurrection!
(7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
(8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
*Facts about usage of LENT and EASTER in reference to the Church’s Paschal Fast and Feast*
According to Encyclopedia Britannica 2000, “Since apostolic times a period of preparation and fasting has been observed before the Easter festival. It was a time of preparation of candidates for baptism and a time of penance for sinners. In the early centuries fasting rules were strict, as they still are in Eastern churches. One meal a day was allowed in the evening, and meat, fish, eggs, and butter were forbidden. The Eastern church also restricts the use of wine, oil, and dairy products. In the West these fasting rules have gradually been relaxed. The strict law of fasting among Roman Catholics was dispensed during World War II, …. However, the emphasis on penitential practice remains.”
To be sure, usage of the words EASTER and LENT did not originate from Rome or Constantinople, as many peddle and hype today out of recent endemic susceptibility to historical misrepresentations, scrupulous conjectures and unfounded superstitions. The Latin (Roman) and Greek (Byzantine) Churches have always used and still use “Pascha” (derived from the Jewish Passover Season) to refer to the Great Fast and the Resurrection Feast.
“The season of the year during which the Death and Resurrection of Christ occurred was the Pasach/Passover season or Unleavened Bread season for the Jews, the Azumos season for Greeks, the Pascha season for Romans and Greeks, and the Easter season for the ancient English (Anglo-Saxons). Because of this seasonal coincidence or correspondence, the Church’s Feasts celebrating the Death and Resurrection of Christ have come to be popularly called the Pascha Festivities (or simply Pascha) in the European Continent or the Easter Feasts (or simply Easter) in the British Isle. These have spread to the rest of the world today. It is important however, to note that the Church is neither doing Passover nor Easter, but celebrating the Death and Resurrection of Christ which occurred during the Passover or Easter season of the year (Act 12:4 KJV).”
Therefore, “Easter” and “Lent” are neither Latin words from Rome nor Greek words from Constantinople, but old English words used by the old English people and Church. They originate from Anglo-Saxon words “oester” a Spring goddess and “lentin” or “lecten” the Spring period. Both words referred to the Springtime season of March to May in Anglo-Saxon language. In the British Isles, while “Easter” was tagged to the Paschal Feast of Christ’s Resurrection as from the time of Saint Bede in the 8th century, “Lent” was tagged to the pre-Paschal Fast for the Church’s penitence from the 13th century.
Even the customs of decorating Easter Eggs which originated recently in the 18th century, hunting of Easter rabbits and Easter hares and slaughtering of Easter lambs to provide meat for the Feast after these had been forbidden during the Fast, had nothing to do with any earlier pagan practice as often speculated.
Pagans used everything they had for daily life as well as for worship rituals, but that does not make all things to belong to pagan idols. Although the Easter lamb may be connected to the Passover Lamb or Christ as the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36; 1Cor 5:7), yet it is actually meant for meat during the feast since there is no Church ritual that require any egg, rabbit, hare or lam apart from source of protein for the kitchen.
In any case if putting on clothes, feasting with meat, eggs and good food, or sharing joy and gifts are all idolatrous rites, then even fasting and nakedness would also be idolatrous. These unfounded conjectures are simply ridiculous scruples to which many easily and childishly succumb.
Below is a typical graphic illustration of various themes and practices associated with Lent and Easter in some Churches over the ages. *But what matters is that we be provoked to REPENT of our sins, RECEIVE Christ into our lives and live the life of Christ’s RESURRECTION power always.*
An aging King realized that if he died he has no one to take over the throne. He decided to adopt a son.
He launched a competition and 10 boys made it to the top. The King said to them, “I have one last test and whoever comes top will become my adopted son and heir to my throne”.
He gave each boy a seed of corn and told them to take the seed home, plant and nurture it for 3 weeks. The 10 boys took their seeds and ran home to plant their seeds.
In one home, the boy and his parents were sad when the seed failed to sprout. The boy had done everything but he failed.
His friends advised him to buy a seed and plant it but his God fearing parents who had always taught him honesty refused.
The day came and the 10 boys went to the palace. All the 9 boys were successful.
The King went to each boy asking – “Is that what came out of the seed I gave you?” And each boy said “Yes, your majesty”. The King would nod and move down the line until the last boy in the line who was shaking with fear.
The King asked him – “What did you do with the seed I gave you?” The boy said “I planted it and cared for it your majesty but it failed to sprout.” The King went to the throne with the boy and said, “I gave these boys boiled seeds and a boiled seed cannot sprout.
If a King must have one quality, it must be honesty and only this boy passed the test. Brothers and sisters We live in a society where people will do anything for success.
God sometimes does not give us things because He wants to teach us a lesson.
How many people out there have achieved success the wrong way?
How many people are occupying top positions yet they stole the certificates? How many people are successful out there at all costs?
HOW MANY OF GOD’S SERVANTS WILL BE CROWNED AS BEING FAITHFUL UNTIL THE END? I PRAY THAT I BE FAITHFUL TILL THE END!!!
Please be faithful to God my dear brothers and sisters. no matter what life throws at you, even if life gives you boiled seed.
I hope you can spare me your precious time and send this to other brothers and sisters to remain faithful in their Christian lives. Nothing will happen to you if you don’t forward this. But if you do, you’ll help fuel others zeal for God.