Commentary on Easter now up

Thinking “meat in due season,” I wrote a commentary titled “Hard Questions for Easter” which has just been put on the Tomorrow’s World website.  You can read the commentary by clicking here, so I won’t actually copy it here in the blog.  It offers our booklet, THE HOLY DAYS–God’s Master Plan, which looks like this (click picture to order a free copy)…

Booklet on God's Holy Days

It also refers people to one of our magazine articles: “The Resurrection Was Not on Easter Sunday!”  If it’s been a while since you have studied the matter, I highly recommend it.  The article does a great job of outlining the actual timing of events (as opposed to the generally accepted “Good Friday/Easter Sunday” scenario).

In other news, one of the telecasts I filmed during my last trip to Charlotte is going to air this weekend (you can check our website for air dates and times).  If I had planned better, I would have done an Easter-related telecast, given when the show was going to air, but I had planned the script before I knew the scheduled date.  Oh well — live and learn!  I will try to keep stuff like that in mind next year.  Hopefully the many “sunrise services” and increased church attendance this weekend will not hammer the number of viewers and responses too much.

3 thoughts on “Commentary on Easter now up

  1. william henry wilson

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  2. I love Mr. Wilson’s comments! From his mouth to God’s ears! 🙂

    Here’s a “hard question” that no one seems to think of: why is Easter a “moveable feast”? Making it so was quite an innovation in its time. This may only show my ignorance of history, but I can’t recall a single festivity held by anyone at any time that is “moveable” in the way Easter is — except for the Day of the Wave Sheaf Offering in the Old Testament, which is not called a “holy assembly” anyway.

    Put another way, under the normal rules of the Hebrew calendar we couldn’t celebrate “Resurrection Day” even if Jesus wanted us to (and He doesn’t). Consider the options. If we celebrated the Day of the Wave Sheaf Offering (when Jesus ascended and returned to heaven and appeared to His disciples), that Day falls on a different day of the week *and* on a different date of the month, year by year. No other Festival or Holy Day of God does this, and no festivity of the pagans that I know of either. If we celebrated the calendar day that begins “three days and three nights” after Passover Day ends, we would celebrate it on the same calendar date each year, but not always on the first day of the week. There goes “Easter Sunday”.

    So “desperate”, it seems, were people to worship the false Gentile Messiah in the name of the true Jewish Messiah that they would accept even Easter’s screwball method of reckoning, which was “adjusted” to keep it from coinciding with the first Day of Unleavened Bread (the “Jewish Passover”). The tactics involved must’ve seemed transparent to the churches of Asia Minor who had remained faithful to apostolic teaching. The trouble is, we are so used to working in the Roman calendar and with a Roman Easter that the confusion involved in both causes this particular point to go completely under our radar. It took me thirty years of being in God’s Church — like, until yesterday — to really think about it.

    Have a blessed Sabbath and Feast of Unleavened Bread!

  3. I wanted to add that I saw your broadcast this past weekend. I thought it was well-timed and splendidly done — and I am not alone in the Houston Church in thinking so. Far from being inappropriate, it made an excellent contrast to the focus on the false Gentile Messiah (being worshipped in the name of the true Jewish Messiah) that characterized the day for most religionists.

    As I was reminded after my sermonette, offertory and special music yesterday, and as I trust you have been also since your broadcast, God can and does use us despite ourselves (and especially despite our self-criticism) IF we are trying to serve Him and our brethren and not ourselves in the first place.

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