The New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, PennsylvaniaResurrection Sunday, March 31, 2013724.282.2494 437 North Duffy Road, Butler, Pennsylvania 16001 www.VisitNTBC.com
Celebrating a Risen Saviour on Resurrection Sunday
Easter is one of the most celebrated Sundays in Bible-believing churches. It celebrates the resurrection ofJesus Christ. The Bible records how Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday
(Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9;Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19).
again believers, the resurrection supports Jesus’
claim that He had the authority to die for the sins of the world, and the
power to come back to life again. The good news of Jesus’ death, burial,
and resurrection is known as the gospel. Although the events preceding
Jesus’ crucifixion and His suffering on the cross were immensely brutal, it is
good news because sinners now have a remedy for their sin debt. Sinnershave a Saviour in Jesus Christ! His resurrection gives hope to born-againbelievers that they too will experience a resurrected life in heaven. While it is appropriate for Jesus' resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday,the origins of Easter have nothing to do with Jesus' resurrection on aSunday. The term,
is only found once in the Bible
but it is a reference to the events ofPassover, and not the traditions of Easter. The term,
has its origins in pagan lore, and isconnected with a pagan goddess associated with fertility and spring. People without a Biblical worldview have always got excited about spring because they saw the sun increasing in power, animalsmating, and plant life reviving. Biblically speaking, there is no connection between the resurrection ofJesus Christ and the modern traditions (Easter bunny, Easter eggs, etc.) related to Easter Sunday.
Easter had long been known to be a pagan festival, and so when the Puritans came to North America,they regarded the celebration of Easter with suspicion. It appears that for the first two hundred years ofEuropean life in North America, only a few states, mostly in the South, paid much attention to Easter. It
wasn’t until after the Civil War that Americans began celebrating this holiday. Easter became an American tradition in the 1870’s. History seems to indicate that Christianity adapted these traditions to thecelebration of Jesus’ resurrection in an effort to make Christianity more attractive to non
-Christians. And while Easter has its origins in pagan lore, the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a
fundamental teaching to Biblical Christianity. The importance of Christ’s resurrection is conveyed when
the Apostle Paul wrote in
I Corinthians 15:13-17,
“But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is
Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is alsovain.Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that heraised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are
yet in your sins.”
As born-againbelievers, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggsand the Easter bunny to be the focuson the day in which the church haschosen to celebrate Jesus'resurrection.
Soul Winning On Saturdays10:30 AM
Starting on Saturday, April 6, our church family will
start our Saturday outreach program. It’s an
opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christpublicly. We also visit absentees, sick, and shut-ins. We meet for a short organizational meeting before dismissing for our visits. Soul winning and visitation is finished around Noon.
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