Celebrating Easter

Did Jesus die? Was he resurrected? Is it okay to dye eggs? Got Questions investigates the background of the Easter celebration. After all the debates, it's about Jesus' sacrifice for us.

Day One: The Triumphal Entry
The triumphal entry is that of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday, the Sunday before the crucifixion (John 12:1, 12)...
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Day Two: Easter Origins
The origins of Easter are rooted in European traditions. The name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe...
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Day Three: Bunnies and Eggs
It is thought that the word Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe...
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Day Four: The Date of Easter
The four Gospels make it clear that Jesus was crucified in conjunction with the Jewish Passover. The four Gospels also make it clear that Jesus was raised from the dead three days later, on the first day of the week...
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Day Five: Tenebrae Service
The word Tenebrae is Latin for "shadows" or "darkness." It can also be translated as "night" or "death." The Tenebrae service is an ancient tradition in Christian history...
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Day Six: The Day of the Crucifixion
The Bible does not explicitly state on which day of the week Jesus was crucified. The two most widely held views are Friday and Wednesday...
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Day Seven: The Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa, literally "the sorrowful way," is the traditional route in Jerusalem which our Lord traveled on the day of His crucifixion from the judgment seat of Pilate, also called the Praetorium (Matthew 27:2-26), to the place of His crucifixion on Mount Calvary...
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Day Eight: Jesus' Seven Last Words
The seven last words of Jesus Christ on the cross and what they mean...
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Day Nine: Three Missing Days
1 Peter 3:18-19 states, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison"...
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Day Ten: A Trip to Hell
There is a great deal of confusion in regards to this question. The concept that Jesus went to hell after His death on the cross comes primarily from the Apostles' Creed...
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Day Eleven: The Empty Tomb
From the earliest apostolic period, the reality of the empty tomb—the biblical truth that the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth was found empty by His disciples—has been at the center of the Christian proclamation...
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Day Twelve: Proof of the Resurrection
Scripture presents conclusive evidence that Jesus Christ was in fact resurrected from the dead...
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Day Thirteen: The Importance of the Resurrection
The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, it witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God...
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Day Fourteen: Believing the Resurrection
It is a fairly well-established fact that Jesus Christ was publicly executed in Judea in the 1st Century A.D., under Pontius Pilate, by means of crucifixion, at the behest of the Jewish Sanhedrin...
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Day Fifteen: Four Harmonies
The events surrounding Jesus' resurrection can be difficult to piece together. We must remember two things...
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Day Sixteen: The Pascha
Pascha comes from both the Greek and Latin words for "Easter," the holiday that celebrates the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead...
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Day Seventeen: Passover
The celebration of Passover is in remembrance of the time in Israel's history when the Lord moved through Egypt destroying the firstborn of all people and animals...
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Published 10-25-15