Easter did not always symbolize Christ's Resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honoured the pagan Saxon goddess Easter. When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ's resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became know as Easter. For this reason the Lord has given us new direction on how we are to celebrate his atonement. On the 8th of March 2007 he gave the church a new revelation and outlined His will concerning the celebration of Easter. The Lord made the following statement concerning Easter:- "I the Lord am most displeased with the world for they have taken my sacrifice and they have desecrated it and they have set it at naught. Behold I say unto you that it is not pleasing unto me that Easter be celebrated amongst my church in the manner in which it is being done”
So the Lord has made his feeling on how and why we should not hold with the traditional teaching of Easter. So what is it that we are to do at this time of year? Well the Lord has also given us direction on that front as well he says: - "Wherefore come unto me at the time you call Easter and lay a feat at your table in my honour and lay upon the alter table well prepared and cooked lamb which is a similitude of me and also bring before me unleavened bread mixed with bitter herbs that you may remember that I suffered in the garden and upon the cross for you. Behold I say that this is not to take away the sacredness of the sacrament but it is to prove unto me that I the lord am remembered amongst you and that my sacrifice is not set at naught".
So we see that the Lord has commanded us to keep this celebration special and holy. It is not just another holiday to be spent in frivolity and overindulgence, but a celebration and remembrance of the Lords sacrifice for us. I pray that you have a great Passover weekend and that the spirit of the Lord is with you and your family. God Bless you all
Matthew P. Gill