Which Resurrection Sunday?

It is Sunday April 16, 2017, time is 23:50 and for the past hour or so I have had thoughts mulling around in my head and have felt compelled to fire-up my laptop and record what needs to be written.

So which resurrection Sunday are ‘Christians’ referring to as a plethora of social media has been shared this Sunday April 16, 2017. For starters can we be certain that this is the correct Sunday to be remembering our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection day? When does the calculations actually start to find out when the Lord Jesus Christ was actually crucified at 33 years of age. To start, does the calculations commence at 6BC? or is it 5BC? or maybe it should be 4BC? The only problem is how was the Son of GOD born pre-dating His birth when Christ’s first advent separates History into B.C. and A.D. – Before Christ and anno Domini (in the year of the Lord). Christian Theologians and Historians have this quandary of ever-trying to explain the nativity of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that is His birth Before Christ. Perplexing as this might seem, let’s move to A.D. 2017 and see whether we as ‘Christians’ are supposed to be celebrating Christ’s resurrection on the correct Sunday?

According to the Bible our Lord Jesus Christ was raised to life after His crucifixion and death on the first day of the week (Sunday). Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10). According to the Bible that would be three days after His death at the Passover which is Nisan 14 into Nisan 15 the Feast of Unleavened Bread. So, according to the Jewish calendar, if the Passover in 2017 fell on Monday April 10, 2017 at sunset which is the beginning of the Jews’ Passover Nisan 14, 5777, and on April 11, 2017 at sunset was the Feast of Unleavened Bread (see Leviticus 23) when Yeshua haMessiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, ate the Passover, i.e. the Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13) and “Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18), and Christ being crucified thereafter, that would make resurrection Sunday April 16, 2017 five (5) days later and not the biblical three (3) days!*

Using man’s customs and traditions to celebrate Easter is akin to the Roman Catholic Mass of re-crucifying Jesus Christ over and over again in their transubstantiation practice when you continually ‘celebrate’ His resurrection every year. As Christ died only once and so He was also only resurrected once, as we read,

9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 
10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. ~ Romans 6:9,10

How many times is Christ resurrected? Surely, yes, we do remember that Christ was resurrected, but to ‘celebrate’ “the tomb is empty He is risen” every year would imply that He has resurrected again, and again, and again, . . . when Christ was raised once and “I am alive for evermore” (see Revelation 1:18). The problem arises that His resurrection is not even being ‘celebrated’ on the correct date and day in accordance with the Biblical time frame. Even the apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthians to keep the feast with “sincerity and truth”, as we read,

7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 
8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ~ I Corinthians 5:7,8

But we must be careful that we do not end up in bondage practicing the “weak and beggarly elements” of legalistic day observances as we are to be wise and heed this warning, as we read,

9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 
10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. ~ Galatians 4:9,10 

Please DO NOT misunderstand me – I certainly rejoice at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it needs to be done orderly and in accordance with GOD’s Holy Word. Therefore, our Lord and Master Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper for all born-again believers so that there would not be contentions surrounding “days, and months, and times, and years”, as we are commanded to remember Christ until His second coming as follows, for it is written,

23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ I Corinthians 11:23-26

Otherwise, the practices all look like the pagan Roman Catholic traditions that unfold with the various assortment of cross bearing processions that take place at the Vatican, in Jerusalem, amongst the Egyptian Copts, Eastern Orthodox and many other religious acts the world over (even including crucifixions enacted!) that shows no unity of faith and practice. We Christians are to be a peculiar people in unity serving and worshipping Christ in spirit and in truth with no division.

Soli Deo Gloria

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* See a related blog posting Man’s Tradition of Easter Misses the Mark Again!!! (April 11, 2017)

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