Easter is Celebrating the Holy Week of Jesus Christ

Ester is an annual commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

Easter is considered a “moveable feast” in that it is not planned according to the solar Gregorian calendar. Instead, the scheduling of the Easter holiday follows a “lunisolar” calendar (the Hebrew calendar) based on both the sun and the moon. Feasts then stay in the same part of the year, but the dates move around.

Actually, the scheduling of Easter in early Christianity using the Hebrew calendar was no easy feat, and was controversial for hundreds of years. Christian leaders were trying to follow rules laid down by the First Council of Nicea in A.D. 325. Finally, Western Easter came to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, the spring equinox.

Eastern Orthodoxy, however, not only uses the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian, but tries to stay even more faithful to the edicts of that first Council of Nicea. Eastern Orthodox Christians want Easter always to come after Passover.


Jewish Holy Days Predicted the Savior

When the Israelites were about to begin their Exodus from Egypt so many hundreds of years ago, the Lord instituted the Passover so the Israelites would ever remember their deliverance and redemption. The Lord established the Passover as the beginning of their religious year and made it the first of seven holy convocations centered upon the temple. Together, those convocations present symbolism that teaches of Christ, His first and second comings, His birth, death, mission, and resurrection.

The festivals, once the tabernacle and then the temples were built, necessitated three pilgrimages to the temple — one in the spring (to celebrate Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Bikkurim), one in the summer (to celebrate Pentecost—the Feast of Weeks), and one in the fall (to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles). Total, 7.


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