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Easter bonnets and bunnies

“In your Resurrection Sunday bonnet” doesn’t have the ring of “in your Easter bonnet.” And we certainly couldn’t call the fictitious colored-egg-bringing mammal “Resurrection Sunday Bunny.” It just doesn’t sound right.

What does sound right is calling the day that honors the most significant event in all of history “Resurrection Sunday.”

The celebration of Christ’s resurrection is the apex of Christian celebrations. Christmas celebrates the Incarnation — the beginning of the working out of God’s plan of salvation. Resurrection Sunday recognizes the completion of this vast provision of salvation for humanity. When the Son of God rose from the dead, everything that was necessary to provide salvation for sinful humanity was complete. Because of this, Christians rightly celebrate the Resurrection year-round, while giving it special attention one day a year.

But Easter and Resurrection Sunday are two different things, celebrated on the same day. The celebration of Christ’s resurrection apparently replaced a pagan festival that honored Eastre, a Germanic goddess of spring, beginning in the second century.

In the early centuries of Christianity, the Church commonly commandeered pagan celebrations and offered Christian alternatives … much as churches do today with Halloween. Sharing a date, or even some customs, with such non-Christian events does not negate the value of these days for Christians.

I do believe Resurrection Sunday is a far better name and representation of the true meaning of the day. But I’m not saying we must go on a campaign against “Easter.”

Resurrection Sunday is a better name. The Resurrection is a historical fact and we serve a living Savior today.

Christians should observe Resurrection Sunday … and use Easter as a wonderful yearly opportunity to proclaim the most important truth of our faith.

Ken Horn

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