Wednesday March 12, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Understanding Easter "

Understanding Easter is important and to do this, you must understand Passover. Have you ever thought about how they are connected? Answering this question requires some research. You begin in your King James Bible.

The word Passover is used forty three times in the Old Testament and twenty eight times in the New Testament, including six times by Christ. Conversely, the word Easter was used one time in your bible; you will find it in the Book of Acts. Acts 12:4 KJV reads:

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.

It is true, Easter was used this one time by the translators, but it is nowhere to be found in the manuscripts.

Your Strong’s Concordance shows that in 1611 the King James translators, when translating the manuscripts to English, incorrectly translated the word “pascha” to Easter. The manuscripts show that the word “pascha” should have been translated Passover instead:

pascha, Greek 3957, Strong’s

pascha, pas'-khah; of Chaldee origin [compare Hebrew 6453 (pecach)]; the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it).

Additionally, Passover, not Easter, was used by Christ as well as all writers in the manuscripts. Shedding His Blood on the Cross completed Passover and through repentance, you are released from bondage.

As He was preparing to die, Christ, in Matthew 26:19 KJV, instructed His disciples to make ready the Passover:

And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

Have you readied yourself for Passover? Are you giving Him your love and respect? It is time to show your appreciation for what Christ did for you. John 3:16 KJV tells what He did:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The death of His Son was a gift, a gift representing an opportunity to you; do you accept?


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