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03-23-08 Easter Sunday!

Sermons preached every year tell us to honor the TRUE meaning of Easter. We are told that Jesus' Resurrection is what Easter is about, but is that TRUE? What about the "Easter Bunny" and eggs and flowers and baby chicks? Where did all that come from if the true meaning of Easter is Jesus' Resurrection?

Jesus was resurrected from the dead, because the grave could not hold Him. Jesus rose from the dead after being three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth. Easter was a Pagan Holiday already, and it celebrated the rites of Spring. The images of new-born animals and flowering plants beckon the return of LIFE from the dead of Winter. That is the greatest connection between the two, other than the fact that Easter and the Passover Feast of the Jews were the same time of year.

The TRUE meaning of Jesus' Resurrection is a lot deeper for the Christian, and the heathen alike. The Apostle Paul said it this way:

Acts 17
30- And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31- Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
From these verses, we see that God has PROVEN to all mankind that they are not safe from judgment just because they are dead, and their bodies are hidden in the dirt or the sea. NO! Man will face God, and God proved that he can bring people back from the dead, and give them bodies that are not destroyed the way our earthly bodies are. People will be judged by God and, He proved this by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our LORD!

We are commanded to REPENT because God appointed a Day of Judgment, and ASSURED us of this by raising Jesus from the dead.

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