Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (Acts 12:1-4; King James Version)
What God Says About Easter
Today is the day of Easter. It is unlike most holidays that are fixed on a certain date or time. Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday of November and Christmas falls on the 25th day of December regardless what day that is. Easter is not so lucky. There is no agreement worldwide when Easter should be celebrated. What is more amazing to those who do not know is that God never mentions Easter in His word. The King James Version of Acts 12:4 is an incongruous version of scripture with no basis of a Biblical text.
Albert Barnes (1798-1870), a Presbyterian theologian and author explains: “There never was a more absurd or unhappy translation than this. The original is simply after the Passover. The word ‘Easter’ now denotes the festival observed by many Christian churches in honor of the resurrection of the Savior. But the original has no reference to that, nor is there the slightest evidence that any such festival was observed at the time when this book was written. The translation is not only unhappy, as it does not convey at all the meaning of the original, but because it may contribute to foster an opinion that such a festival was observed in the time of the apostles. The word ‘Easter’ is of Saxon origin, and is supposed to be derived from ‘Eostre,’ the goddess of Love, or the Venus of the North, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated by our pagan ancestors in the month of April (Webster). Since this festival coincided with the Passover of the Jews, and with the feast observed by Christians in honor of the resurrection of Christ, the name came to be used to denote the latter. In the old Anglo-Saxon service-books, the term ‘Easter’ is used frequently to translate the word ‘Passover.’ In the translation by Wycliffe, the word ‘paske,’ that is, ‘Passover,’ is used. But Tyndale and Coverdale used the word ‘Easter,’ and hence, it has very improperly crept into our King James Version.”
Thousands of people will rise in the early dawn to conduct a feast that is never mentioned in the Bible as a holiday that was never celebrated by the early church. Like Christmas, history has established a long trail of practice that has led to a commonly accepted story believed to be truth. If a falsehood is told long enough it can be believed as true. Sadly, most folk only think of worship to God in terms of Easter lilies and poinsettias because that is the only time they think of the Lord. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus was done by the early church every first day of the week. True churches of the Lord today will follow the same pattern of authority in celebrating the victory of Christ over Satan as they assemble each first day of the week to worship and praise the Lord God for the sacrifice He made. The glory of the resurrection morning is found in the memorial feast of the bread and fruit of the vine taken by saints of God every first day of the week. It is here the Father is pleased.