You Must Understand What You Celebrate On Easter Week
Ramon Arias | April 13, 2014
Unless you unequivocally understand the present immoral and cultural decadence that is devastating America’s original foundation and the lasting legacy it is leaving to your family and future generations, this Easter Week will be another meaningless celebration, no different than what pagans have done for thousands of years with deadly cultural consequences.
Have you done serious research on the origins of chasing after colored eggs and celebrating the Easter Bunny? I highly recommend that you research it in depth. Do not accept anyone's word on the subject, regardless if that person is highly esteemed and a respected theologian. Take personal responsibility to understand the historical significance of the Easter week and compare where you stand in relation to that knowledge along with the rest of Christianity. Don’t be surprised of what you will discover.
One of the reasons other religions and ideologies hate Christianity is because it has opposing views to theirs. They believe their worldview is the right one and they will fight and die for it, in the process they will continue to fight to destroy Christianity. That is a fact. All religions and ideologies, for the most part, are not impressed with the Christian religion as being the answer for all of humanity’s needs. This has desensitized them and they see Jesus Christ as the founder of a religious movement no different than any other leaders who have walked upon the face of the earth.
There is no justification found from Genesis to Revelation that will focus or mix the Easter week with eggs, bunnies and candies. You will be amazed at all the confusion that mixture brings to the minds of children. This confusion causes many to depart from the faith when they grow up, others perpetuate the “joyful celebration” of eggs, bunnies and candies generation after generation.
Would you like to see your children imitate the child Jesus and truly find their identity with God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as they understand the Scriptures at an early age and become productive citizens through accomplishing God’s will in their lives?
For those of you who do not have children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, the Easter Week story does not exclude you. This is of great relevance for your present, future and lasting legacy you can leave to make the difference for others.
Dr. Luke, a Greek physician and writer of the Gospel of Luke, took the task upon himself to research the only way a scientific mind can do: serious investigation with facts and more facts, no speculations, in order to present the historical Jesus starting from his conception, childhood in Nazareth, public life, trial, execution, resurrection and ascension to heaven and directed it to his friend Theophilus:
“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:1-4).
Dr. Luke gives an account of an incident when Jesus was 12 years old revealing what every child, young boy and any professing followers of Christ should know about the ways of God's revealed truth:
“Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:41-52). (Emphasis added)
Let this be your goal for your children and your children’s children (please read Deuteronomy 4:9 and 6:1-9). If you do not have any children, let this be your goal in life to know, live and teach God’s revealed truth and make the difference for yourself and others.
Let us do something meaningful, challenging and rewarding this Easter week by following day by day the events in Jesus’ life. As we begin with Palm Sunday and thereafter, reading and studying each event for yourself and then integrating the following questions in discussions with your family and friends:
What am I learning about this event in the life of Jesus? What has this learning produced in me in relation to my life and Christianity? What does it mean to have the true understanding of who Jesus is and what He came to accomplish for humanity? How much control of my life do I yield to the Lordship of Christ on a daily basis? What difference does this event make in my understanding about those who profess to be God’s children? What is my commitment before God and my fellowman to make the difference by assuring that I leave the right legacy?
Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19
Jesus’ second reaction in the temple: Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48
Jesus’ lesson with the barren fig tree: Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:11-14, 19-23
Jesus’ cross-examination by the chief priests: Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8
Jesus’ parable of the two sons: Matthew 21:28-32
Jesus’ parable of the evil farmers: Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18
Jesus and paying taxes to the Roman government: Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26
Jesus exposes the Sadducee leaders’ ignorance of the Scriptures and God’s power: Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40
Jesus gives a synthesis of the Ten Commandments in two: Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34
Jesus is David’s descendant and David’s Lord: Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44
Jesus denounces the hypocrisy and covetousness of power, wealth and social dominance of the religious leadership: Matthew 23:1-39; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47
Jesus reveals what is truly generous financial giving: Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4
Jesus reveals the coming judgment and destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple that took place in 70 A.D.: Matthew 24:1-51; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36
Jesus explains the Kingdom of God through the parable of the ten virgins: Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus is sought out by the Greeks: John 12:20-36
Jesus judges all unbelief: John 12:37-50
Jesus tells the disciples of the coming Passover. The Jewish leaders plot to arrest Him: Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1,2; Luke 22:1,2
Jesus is betrayed by his disciple, Judas Iscariot: Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22:3-6
Jesus eats the Passover with the disciples: Matthew 26:17-30; Mar 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-23; John 13:1-35
The argument among the disciples: Luke 22:24-30
Jesus tells the disciples they will abandon Him and reveals to Peter how he will deny his relationship with Christ: Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-39; John 13:36-38
Jesus encourages the disciples, tells them of His departure and the amazing coming of the person of the Holy Spirit: John 14:1-31
Jesus unequivocally teaches the characteristics of those who are with Him and those who are against Him. He reveals the awesome productive life of His followers and the consequences of those who refuse to produce the fruit of the powerful new life: John 15:1-27
Jesus delivers more good news about the Person of the Holy Spirit in and through the life of His follower’s work: John 16:1-33
Jesus reveals to His present disciples and those to come throughout history the uncompromised goal of making them one as He was one with the Father; no division or fragmented body of believers, His prayer will be answered in time and history here on earth: John 17:1-26
Jesus’ dialogue with the Father in the garden of Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46; John 18:1
Jesus receives His betrayer: Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-11
Jesus before Caiaphas and the council’s false charges; the night Peter denies His relationship with Christ: Matthew 26:57, 58, 69-75; Mark 14:53, 54, 66-72; Luke 22:54-65; John 18:12-27
Jesus before the Jewish Supreme Court: Matthew 26:59-68; Mark 14:55-65; Luke 22:66-71
Jesus before Pilate, the Roman governor: Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-14; Mark 15:1-5; Luke 23:1-6; John 18:12-28
Jesus’ traitor commits suicide: Matthew 27:3-10
Jesus before King Herod, an appointee of Rome: Luke 23:7-12
The Roman law finds Jesus not guilty. The Jewish leaders incite the crowds to demand His death, many of whom received all kinds of blessings from Jesus,: Matthew 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:13-25; John 18:29; 19:16
The Roman soldiers’ treatment and mockery of Jesus: Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; Luke 23:36,37; John 19:1-3
Jesus’ execution by crucifixion: Matthew 27:32-38; Mark 15:21-28; Luke 23:26-34; John 19:17-24
Jesus at the cross and His petition to John the disciple: John 19:25-27
The people, the chief priests and Jewish religious leaders mocked Jesus: Matthew 27:39-44; Mark 15:29-32; Luke 23:35-39
Jesus reassures paradise to one who is also crucified: Luke 23:40-43
Jesus dies on the cross before the expected time according to the Roman crucifixion: Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46; 19:28-30
Unexpected manifestations at Jesus’ death: Matthew 27:45-53; Mark 15:33-38; Luke 23:44,45
The Roman centurion is amazed at Jesus’ death and acknowledges His divinity: Matthew 27:54-56; Mark 15:39-41; Luke 23:47-49
One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear: John 19:31-37
Jesus’ burial: Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42
The Jewish leadership asked for security at Jesus’ tomb: Matthew 27:62-66; 28:11-15
Jesus Resurrected as promised: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18
A desire to restore the nation to her original principles is rising within millions of Americans. Others are asking for a revival or an awakening. I will ask you to join us in praying for a Biblical Reformation, this is what America needs, and this is what all nations need. True and lasting restoration will come as a result of the Biblical Reformation. It can happen if God’s people act upon 2 Chronicles 7:14.