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Palm Sunday is probably one of my most favorite parts of this holy season. My love for it  is  not because of the ritualistic and traditional side of "Easter", but because of the universal multitudes that are prophesied to truly be servants and worshippers of our king. Prophecy says that they will wave their palms in joyous acclamation of the revelation of Christ's kingship:

Revelation 7: 9 - 10: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Easter is the most important religious holiday for the traditional Christian church. It commemorates the death and glorious resurrection of Yeshua as the basis for the salvation of mankind. But as powerful as this understood meaning and significance is, there was a strong Pagan influence that gave birth to the unusual name of "Easter" and even several of the traditions that are celebrated by many Christians in ignorance.

The English and German names, "Easter" and "Ostern" have been derived from the ancient name for the month of April "Eostremonant" and "Ostaramanoth" respectively. According to the 8th Century Christian monk and respected historian Bede, this month was dedicated to the pagan fertility goddess Eostre and the Easter Bunny is often identified as a remnant of this fertility festival.

Historian Bede recounts that clever church leaders (clerics) copied pagan practices and by doing so, made Christianity more acceptable to pagan folk that were reluctant to give up their festivals for somber and sacred Christian practices.

In other words, the church compromised with the Pagans, perhaps in an effort to be politically correct, or being afraid to stand up for the truth of the Gospel that calls sin, sin and wrong, wrong.

The church compromised with the world,.. with the Pagan folk because they were more concerned with increasing church membership than true righteousness. Those church leaders then allowed the input of the unsaved lovers of debauchery into the creation of the season that we Christians hold most dear.

In second century Europe, the predominate spring festival where Easter was created from was a raucous Saxon fertility celebration in honor of the Saxon goddess Eastre, whose sacred animal was a hare.

Political correctness is no stranger to national and religious leaders, or to every day people. The simplest way that I can personally describe it is in the following way: Political correctness is when we allow our enemies to have a platform in our lives that they do not deserve to have, and that is detrimental to our own welfare.

Political correctness was what caused Pontius Pilate, who found no reason to execute Yeshua (Luke 23:22), to be manipulated by the Chief Priests and Scribes into going against his own will and the warning of his wife (Matthew 27: 18 & 19).

The symbolic washing of his hands did not excuse Pilate of his guilt especially since his main motivation was the appeasement of the masses that had been "subtly" instigated to up roar by their leaders (Mark 15: 11 & 15). It is amazing how many masks our enemies can use.

Political correctness can kill a nation just as quickly as it killed our Messiah. It can also cause us to go against the very will and Word of G-d in order to be accepted or be popular.

This Season I am even more mindful of the need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to pray that this blessed land that has been given to the Hebrew people by G-d (Genesis 13: 14-15; 17:18; Psalm 69:34-36; 129:5), will never be divided in an effort of appeasement.

This week, as we remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Yeshua, in order to best understand the season that we are commemorating we must look at the Jewish commemoration of Passover.

If we look at the relevancy of the time of the last Supper with Christ and his disciples, it was on this schedule that Christ's crucifixion took place.
According to the Synoptic Gospels, the Last Supper was the Passover meal eaten on the 15th of Nisan and Yeshua was arrested that night, and crucified the following afternoon. Even though the Gospel of John puts the events a day earlier, the timing was still right on schedule.

Passover, which translates from Hebrew as Pesach or Pesah and is also called Chag HaMatzot- The Festival of Matzot, is a Jewish Holiday beginning on the 15th of Nisan, which falls in the early Spring (the timing of our ‘Easter' observance parallels Passover).

Passover marks the "birth" of the Jewish nation, as the Jews were freed from being slaves of Pharaoh and allowed to become servants of God instead. Through Yeshua, we have a new birth: 1 Peter 1:23: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The term Pesach refers to the lamb which was designated as the Passover sacrifice (called the Korban Pesach in Hebrew) and Yeshua was the lamb that was slain

1 Peter 1:18- 20: "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"

I guess the biggest difference between Easter and Passover is that Easter was man made while Passover was God ordained! During this Resurrction Season I pray that we will not get lost in the traditions of the shadows but find our substance in the full revelation of our Savior.

Shalom,
Pastor Alexis Wallace.

Revelation 5:12: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.


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