Easter Story In The Bible Matthew

Easter is one of the most popular and important holidays celebrated by many Christians all around the world. Easter is also known as Pascha or Resurrection Sunday and is a celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death. The origin of Easter dates back to 400 CE and it’s celebrated on a Sunday, which always occurs after the first full moon after April 4.

Easter Story In The Bible Matthew

Is the origin of Easter biblical? What does the Bible say about Easter? What is the meaning of Easter? Should Christians observe Easter? A brief history of Easter tells us that the name “Easter” comes from the Anglo-Saxon, Eostre, the name of the goddess of spring. Bunnies are symbols of fertility, while eggs were seen as pagan symbols of death and life.

Is Easter mentioned in the Bible?

If one were to search for the word “Easter” you could find its mention only in the King James Bible, Acts 12:1-4. “Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.  And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”

Well, we must first look in-depth at the history of Easter and the details mentioned above to gain some understanding. Herod Agrippa I who ruled from 37 AD to 44 AD put James to death in the last year of his reign. When one thinks of Easter throughout history and in the 21st century, what day do we think of? Sunday, most likely. However, what day did Easter fall on in 44 AD? Thursday.


When we look at the history of Easter we will find that the word Easter was substituted for the word “Pesach” which really is more correctly translated as Passover. For centuries, Passover foreshadowed the death of Jesus. Easter mentioned here in Acts 12 had nothing to do with Sunday. Passover is actually tied to a calendar day in the year, not a specific day of the week. Much like one’s birthday, or wedding anniversary, or Fourth of July. You celebrate the date, not the day. Independence Day is not held on Thursdays every year even though it was a Thursday in 1776.

What else does the Bible say about Easter?

Throughout the New Testament after the resurrection, Sunday is simply called the “First day of the week” as opposed to the “day of the Resurrection.” Which leads one to wonder, if God placed no significance on the day, wherein did Sunday become viewed as the weekly memorial of the resurrection? This is a topic for another time.

What should be noticed is that the Jews did not have a ceremony for remembering the future resurrection of Jesus. The focus was on the great sacrifice God would make on that particular Passover day of the future. Not only that, there is no Biblical command to commemorate or memorialize the day of His resurrection. The silence of the New Testament on this topic should be noted, considering most of its books were written many years after Christ’s death and resurrection.

What is the true meaning of Easter?

Let’s look at the Bible to find the meaning of Easter and how it relates to the resurrection of Jesus. Romans shows us that baptism instead of Easter was given as a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Romans 6:3-5 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection”

What we see is that the true meaning is more than just a memorial for the resurrection one day a year with a church service. We can even celebrate the resurrection as we allow Christ’s resurrection to become a reality in our lives as we live anew victoriously. Christ’s death and resurrection is a daily hope of how the good will of God can overcome the forces of evil, of how truth will prevail and unmask the lie, of how love will triumph over sin, and how the blessed hope of eternal life will even put an end to death one day.

Is it wrong to celebrate Easter?

Let’s make a clarification. Is it wrong to remember the resurrection? No. It would be wrong to not remember it. Is Easter observance the way to do so? It would be remiss to not admit there is certainly a lot of pagan influence that has become tied to the resurrection in Easter. Nowhere are bunnies, chicks, or eggs mentioned in the Bible or in connection with Christ’s resurrection.

However, where there is opportunity to share the message and gospel of Christ without compromising the biblical truth, the “wise as serpents, harmless as doves” counsel of Christ is appropriate. How to observe it should be considered carefully allowing Bible study and prayer to guide our decisions.

Easter Story In The Bible Matthew

Have you asked yourself,

  • Is Easter Biblical?
  • Why is the Resurrection of Jesus called Easter?
  • Are Easter rabbits and eggs mentioned in the Bible?

It would shock most Christians to discover none of the Easter traditions are Biblical. As a matter of fact, the word Easter is the name of a heathen goddess, a word found only one time in the King James Bible. Moreover, it’s not found in any other Bible translation.

Worse yet, the word Easter was placed into the book of Acts in error, Easter is a mistranslation. Despite this, Easter services became commonplace and a recognized way to serve Jesus, but that’s not how He told us to remember Him.

Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus Name Amen.

Easter Is A Mistranslation

Turn your Bible with me to,

Acts 12:4
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Acts 12:4 is the only place you will find the word “easter” in the King James Bible. However, the word is “easter” is actually “pascha” in Greek which means “Passover”.

I must point out, “passover” was correctly translated 48 times in the Old Testament, and 28 times in the New Testament. It is inconceivable to think how the Bible translators could have made such a grave error. An error that was corrected in all modern versions of the Bible.

We must also understand, Jesus and the Disciples never called passover, easter. Neither did they talk about easter rabbits, baskets, and eggs. Instead, they celebrated passover, which Jesus fulfilled when He was crucified for our sins, (see: Jesus Became Our Passover Lamb).

Easter Traditions

Since we now understand the word easter is a mistranslation. We have to ask, where did easter traditions come from?

Certainly not from the Bible. Nowhere will you find Scripture referencing bunnies, eggs, lent, or hot cross buns. In order to discover where easter traditions come from, we must understand what the word actually means.

The word Easter comes from the Old English word “Ēastre or Ēostre” referring to the Angelo-Saxon fertility goddess of spring. Easter is the name of a pagan goddess, and this celebration takes place around the Spring Equinox when all life is renewed.

That is why Easter’s title is, “the fertility goddess of spring”.

Easter the pagan goddess has a multitude of names that span not just time, but many cultures as well. She is also known as Ashtoreth, Astarte, Ashtaroth, Isis, and to the ancient Babylonians as Ishtar (Webster’s New World College Dictionary).

Yes, Easter the fertility goddess dates all the way back to Mystery Babylon itself.

The Encyclopedia Britannica states,

Astarte/Ashtoreth is the Queen of Heaven to whom the Canaanites had burned incense and poured libations.

This should not be a surprise to us. All false gods and teachings can be traced back to Mystery Babylon. Easter (Ishtar) goes by many names, but she is the same fertility goddess of spring. To think a heathen god made its way into the Bible, and replaced a day given to honor Jesus is very sad and disappointing to discover.

It becomes even more sad and disturbing when we learn that God warned us of this. He warned us not to serve or worship easter in any way shape or form.

God Hates Easter And Her Traditions

Turn your Bible with me to,

Judges 2:11, 13
11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim.

13 And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

The Israelites did unimaginable evil right before God. Not only did they leave Him, but they replaced Him with the heathen goddess Ashtaroth who we now know is Easter. Instead of serving God, they served a false god.

Unfortunately, today is not so different from the past.

Read what God said.

1 Kings 11:33
Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

Due to the Israelites continued worship of pagan gods, specifically Ashtoreth (easter), our Heavenly Father divided the 12 Tribes of Israel. He would no longer stand for the worship of false gods among His people.

As we cited from the Encyclopedia Britannica earlier, Easter is also known as the “queen of heaven”, and yes, this reference is also found in the Bible. Let us read about it and understand how it makes God feel.

Jeremiah 7:18
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

The pagan goddess Easter is the same;

  • Ishtar
  • Ashtoreth
  • Astarte
  • Ashtaroth
  • Queen of heaven

Easter is the fertility goddess of spring.

Maybe those hot cross buns are mentioned in the Bible after all. However, it does not sound like anything God accepts or appreciates.

Jeremiah 7:19
Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

Not only does Easter worship provoke God to anger, but it brings about confusion for His people. Instead of showing God their love, they went after false gods and practices. Just as today, people think easter traditions are pleasing to God, but instead they provoke Him to anger.

They replace the service of Christ with easter, and its tradition of rabbits, eggs.

Jeremiah 7:20
Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

We can only imagine God’s anger, fury, and disappointment with the Israelites for their worship of false gods. Especially, after He explained to them time and time again, to serve Him, not gods of stick and stone.

As a Christian, I want you to think very carefully about what traditions you celebrate, are they from God?

As we read, God is disgusted by Easter, the fertility goddess of spring.

He is disgusted that His people so quickly forget Him, and embrace Easter and her day. How sad to think we replaced Passover with the pagan festival of Easter, which we embrace, and believe is of God. We replaced an honorable day of Christ and Communion, with rabbits and eggs, symbols of Easter and sin.

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