There is no doubt that Easter is more popular than Passover. Even if you ask most Christians today, they might not even have any clue what Passover is. So one should ask, “What are the similarities or differences of the two?” This is a very important topic that we should address because God has specific instructions laid out for all His followers. This vital subject deserves a deeper look for those who truly seek to follow God.
A quick comparison of Passover and Easter
To make our study easier and clearer, I have prepared a table. This table will readily show us the difference between Passover and Easter.
|Who instituted it?||
|What are the symbolisms?||
|What is in the name?||
|Where can you find it in the Bible?||
|Did Jesus celebrate it?||
|Did the Apostles and early Christians celebrate it?||
|What is its meaning?||
|Who or what is its focus?||
Which one should Christians keep?
There are hundreds of millions who will be celebrating Easter while only a few obscure groups of people will be observing the Passover. As this might be the case, the majority is not always right.
From the table, I made that easily compares Passover and Easter, the answer should be obvious in our minds by now. Jesus Christ observed Passover and the Bible teaches us to observe it as well (I Corinthians 11:23-26). God instituted Passover and humans instituted Easter. Nowhere in the Bible will you find any command for us to keep Easter. So who will you follow? God or man? Biblical teachings or human traditions?
Jesus Christ has this to say about human traditions. Matthew 15:6-9 tells us:
“Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your TRADITION. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in VAIN they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
Is your worship in vain? Many sincere Christians celebrate Easter but sad to say, they are sincerely wrong. Their worship is in vain. Though the truth may hurt but the truth should be said to wake us from our spiritual slumber.
Easter, an abomination to God
There is no doubt that Easter has its pagan origin. You can easily find the facts by reading any history books. Easter is a pagan celebration and what does God say about pagan worship?
Deuteronomy 12:29-32: When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land,
Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’
YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
God called pagan worship, including Easter, as an ABOMINATION. So why do we still stubbornly keep Easter and use all the excuses in the book to rationalize this celebration? Why do we worship God with something that He calls an abomination? Why do we keep Easter while God plainly and clearly commands us to keep Passover?
Does it really matter?
The answer is YES, it does matter to God and it should matter to you too. Jesus Christ said that if we are going to worship God, let’s make sure that we worship Him in TRUTH and spirit (John 4:24). It is time to turn our back from human traditions and genuinely worship God according to His own terms. As much as we want to “Christianize” Easter, it will never come close to the awesome and wonderful meaning of Passover.
With all these being said, will you follow God or men?