Archive for the ‘Easter’ Category

Easter Eggs and Jesus’ Rebirth?

April 13, 2009

Mr. Lankford recently directed me to the following statement that betrays a misunderstanding of the connection between Easter and eggs:

Easter means nothing to me. Which is why I bought all these eggs.

Eggs aren’t religious symbols to me. I’m not a Christian recognising the death and rebirth of Jesus. Not a Jew celebrating the triumph of life over death as told in the Passover Haggadah. Not a pagan invoking springtime and life’s renewal. (I approve of springtime and life’s renewal, just not in a spiritual way.)

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I’d like to take a second to clarify a couple of things. For those atheists who have no idea what Christianity teaches, we do not teach that Christ was reborn. Christ died and was resurrected from the dead on the third day. That resurrection was of the same body that died, not a new body.

Christianity also speaks of a rebirth or regeneration, but this is a spiritual rebirth, and it is something all those who believe in Christ have already experienced. It is a transformation of the spiritual faculties of man so that he turns from a hatred of God and disbelief in His Son, to a love of God and belief in His Son.

But what about the eggs? Everyone knows that Easter eggs are a popular tradition around Easter time. What’s that about?

The eggs may get tagged by various folks with various theological explanations, but the fact of the matter is more straightforward. During Lent (a fasting period of 40 days before Easter) the traditional fast included abstinence from a number of things, including eggs.

Chickens, however, continue to lay eggs during this time of year, since they are unaware of this tradition, which did not come from their creator. Thus, by the time Easter comes around one has potentially a large number of eggs that have been laid that are just sitting around. The result is a glut of eggs on the market around Easter time, making them quite cheap for a short amount of time, as well as making them available for such frivolities as painting etc.

It is simply a tradition that arose out of someone’s desire to turn eggs into something more interesting and decorative than they were. Also, hard-boiled and painted, an egg can last quite a while, even without refrigeration (please don’t test this and don’t view this blog as medical or dietary advice). Once Easter arrives and the Lenten fast is over, the painted eggs can be cracked up and eaten, and other egg-intensive foods (such as pastries and “pascha breads”) can be made at a relatively affordable cost.

The eggs, therefore, may have been tagged with significance by some folks (some parish priests seem fond of tagging everything with significance) – but such a significance is ex post facto, with more practical and aesthetic considerations being chief.

-TurretinFan

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Christ is Risen! He Truly is Risen!

April 26, 2008

The title of this refrain is what has been and will continue to be shouted in various time zones moving westward tonight as the “Orthodox” old calendar churches celebrate Pascha (i.e. “Easter”).

Christ truly is risen.

I realize that there are “Orthodox” folks out there with a very wide variety of beliefs. I hope and pray that many do trust in Christ alone for salvation. I hope that this celebration, which can be a very Christ-centered celebration (even if heavily burdened with old, but merely human, traditions), will remind those present that Christ alone saves, by faith alone in Him alone. That is the once-delivered and everywhere-received gospel: a gospel of repentance from sin and trust in the finished work of Christ our risen Savior!

Praise be to His glorious name!

-TurretinFan

Worship-Related Blog Posts of Interest

April 10, 2008

Have Praise and Worship Music in Church become a Cain Sacrifice to God?

(TurretinFan would answer, “yes”)

The RPW is simple, why all the fuss?

(TurretinFan would answer, “because people think they know better”)

Handraising in Worship: Questions

(TurretinFan would answer, “Jordan basically gets it right: raised hands by the pastor during prayer/benediction is called for – otherwise one has a tough time binding anyone’s conscience”)

Singing Psalms (Example in video)

(TurretinFan would comment, “I still prefer the Psalms unaccompanied”)

Why the Date of Easter Changes

(TurretinFan would comment, “This post actually provides a good counter-argument for the idea that we know when Easter was, such that we have a legitimate selection of a single day yearly to celebrate the resurrection. Sure it is determinable based on Passover – but that itself is a bit of a challenge.)

The Original Name of Easter

(TurretinFan would comment, “The underlying assumption that the earliest Christians celebrated Easter is unproven at best. The point about the name ‘Easter’ coming after ‘Pascha’ is correct”)

iMonk on the RPW

(TurretinFan would comment, “iMonk is a good writer, but his view of the RPW is wrong”)

The meaning of “Psalms” in the Westminster Standards

(TurretinFan would comment, “Psalms meant the 150 Psalms in the Hebrew canon”)

The Regulative Principle of Worship, Part 1
The Regulative Principle of Worship, Part 2
The Regulative Principle of Worship, Part 3
(Music & Singing in Life & Liturgy)
Worship in Spirit and Truth, Part 1
Worship in Spirit and Truth, Part 2

(TurretinFan would comment, “This series is one of the least commendable on the RPW. Jeff Meyers lone footnote was to his fellow Federal Visionist, Peter Leithart. Perhaps this series will define the halfway-back-to-Rome worship for the CREC in the future, though Meyers is still in the PCA, as far as I know”)

All praise and worship be to our Lord!

-TurretinFan


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