Why do Christians celebrate the trial, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
There is no command to commemorate or celebrate the trial, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from Jesus Christ. That means there is no command to celebrate the trial, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is the Incarnate Word of God at all, since He is the entire Word of God as God. There isn’t some other part of the Word of God in God other than the single Word of God, Jesus Christ. He is part of the Trinity, but He is not the Holy Spirit and He is not the Father except their oneness in the Trinity.
It is not a sin or from Satan to celebrate the trial, death and resurrection of the Incarnate Word of God; excepting to mingle that celebration with the pagan practice of egg hunting and the “Easter Bunny”. A celebration at various times in the year holds the faithfuls attention to God and also teaches the young the truth of the world they are inheriting. Such things are of God, but are not commanded.
Trinket Merchants and Food Merchants love religion and churcheology as they afford merchants opportunities to compete for various paradigms that become part of the business cycle and “kids expect” to have a good time with certain items that become available at certain times of the year that must be bought ( again ) for the newest of the time-of-year religious celebration. New clothes, new easter baskets to put the eggs in, new candy, new candy, new candy.
Mingling the Truth with lies always confounds the passing on of truth to children and emboldens lies. Cadbury, the English chocolate manufacturer has been in the Easter Bunny business for so long their stockholders expect a spike in sales “at Easter time” as a regular part of accounting the profitability of the enterprise. This year they have even done away with the “Easter” egg in favor of the just “the egg”, finally admitting their pagan intentions to wrest the celebration of the trial, death and resurrection of the Incarnate Word of God from the minds of children and their resentment in past times in having had to “share” the time-of-year celebration “with Christ”.
1Timothy 5:24,25 Of some men the sins are manifest beforehand, going before to judgment, and some also they follow after. In like manner good works also are manifest beforehand, and those that are otherwise cannot be hid.
Similarly, it seems President Trump is getting rid of the Christian element in the White House at the same time of year for the same reasons. A consummate merchant, one can only suppose his own desire for attention and a fundamental lack of confidence in his own position before God has resulted in his inability to see himself as a mountain on which grows distinct and blessed trees that produce their own blessing and their own righteous fruit, having been set by God in a firm place for just that purpose. Instead, he apparently wishes to be the guy in literally, whatever limelight Satan can manufacture and contorts himself into whatever is necessary to gain approval from outlets famous as Satantic mouthpieces so that he may appear as the mountain and all the trees and all the fruit and everything else. “It’s all ME and MINE”! You knew this was coming when you saw the attempts at deceiving simple Christians pre-election with “Trump in prophecy” schemes wherein he was polished to be The Savior of America. Not God..not Jesus Christ. Trump. Google the Youtube videos on said prophecies.
The propaganda is always the same by those deceived they have free will aimed at those they wish to deceive into a purer form of the lie of having a free will. It starts with some amount of grace, some “God is helping you and is with you and you are His instrument.” which in a real Christian’s mind would be a blessing and confidence. Then it moves to “God has given you absolute free will and has left and expects you to figure everything out to do on His behalf and will judge you for what you do with the power He has given you.”. Then it moves to “you have absolute free will and there is no God and no consequences for what you do. You are just powerful by the means of your own hand and manipulations.”
Rather than be deceived, it seems team Trump would be the deceiver, already believing in themselves as God, but waiting to reveal their true thoughts on the matter to the Christian public they mock in their minds as easily deceived and easily led into disaster until Easter.
At a minimum, falling for jealousy over the attention given another by flatterers doesn’t make the flatterers smart or clever, it just points you out as weak. I’d much rather be the guy that accepted the award/attention and made the mistake and now knows its a mistake and has been forgiven by God than the guy who is jealous over not getting the same award/attention, never sees its a mistake to take credit yourself for what God has done through you and actually worries over who he will have to jealous over next while he sulks in his envy. Awards, titles and such are flattery, not something else. They are always political manipulations that can be useful ..or not.
The whole political Left are sons of Belial and most of the Right are weak, simple and ineffective Christians at best. In the Old Testament regarding Israel, every time there is a mention of sons or a son of Belial, it is of a group or a person who is saying something for evil purposes or is a lie. To exchange Christian staff members for sons of Belial only means you are a son of Belial. It is not as if lies and smooth propaganda will magically result in Christian behaviors and blessing to anyone.
1Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
But what are we celebrating when we celebrate at Easter the trial, death and resurrection of the Incarnate Word of God?
The cause of the joy is that The Word of God, by which God spoke and gave authority to heavenly powers, with which we are at war:
Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the panoply of God, that ye may be able to stand against the artifices of the devil: because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against principalities, against authorities, against the universal lords of this darkness, against spiritual power of wickedness in the heavenlies. For this reason take to you the panoply of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having accomplished all things, to stand. Stand therefore, having girt about your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and shod your feet with the preparation of the glad tidings of peace: besides all these , having taken the shield of faith with which ye will be able to quench all the inflamed darts of the wicked one. Have also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word; praying at all seasons, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching unto this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;)
( and if you are not at war with them then of what use are you to God? What do you need “a panoply” for? When God is handing out the equipment for battle, you can stay back with the women and kids..) ..the Same Word, which in pre-Incarnate form made those who heard Him speak into gods..:
Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High;
He turned those that heard into gods merely by saying to them “Ye are gods” the same as when He said “let there be light” and there was light and makes specific reference to having said that in pre-Incarnate form and to that effect of turning them into gods. Jesus is that Word of God that once was pre-Incarnate and yet still Word of God and then (made flesh).
John 10:34-38 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called *them* gods to whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), do ye say of him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not; but if I do, even if ye believe not me, believe the works, that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me and I in him.
John 1:11-14 He came to his own, and his own received him not; but as many as received him, to them gave he the right to be children of God, to those that believe on his name; who have been born, not of blood, nor of flesh’s will, nor of man’s will, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we have contemplated his glory, a glory as of an only-begotten with a father), full of grace and truth;
John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Jesus Christ was and is the Word of God made flesh. He is creating speech, not human speech. He is the speech of God by which God gave the powers in heaven all their authority under which men, prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ/ Word of God were made to serve in egregious servitude of false religions and the lie of free will. But the Word having been made flesh, died on the cross. God swore on His Own life that the powers in heaven would have that power He gave them. In their mind, that meant forever because they thought “God can’t die”. But God prepared His Word a body ..
and the Word says explicitly that in the Old and New Testaments:
Psalm 40:6-10 Sacrifice and oblation thou didst not desire: ears hast thou prepared me. Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not demanded; Then said I, Behold, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me– To do thy good pleasure, my God, is my delight, and thy law is within my heart. I have published righteousness in the great congregation: behold, I have not withheld my lips, Jehovah, *thou* knowest. I have not hidden thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Hebrews 10:5-7 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
In one place the Word speaks of ears and another a body. How can one have a body without ears or ears without a body. Ears are explicitly spoken of in one place to point out that even God-in-flesh, who was born, had to grow up in male body in human form had to be instructed by God..he had to be given back the very Word which He was and which He spoke and thus had to have the specific ears of a Christian whom God chooses to hear His Word. Not everyone can hear the Word of God to the saving of the soul and cannot be turned into new creature in Jesus Christ. Only those God chooses can be so blessed as God demonstrates absolute control over who can worship Him in truth and who gets the privileged of hearing the Word of God and living eternally thereby. How could there be a famine of HEARING the Word of God otherwise?
Amos 8:10-14 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning for an only son , and the end thereof as a bitter day. Behold, days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, when I will send a famine in the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of Jehovah, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and the young men faint for thirst; they that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, As thy god, O Dan, liveth! and, As the way of Beer-sheba liveth! even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
As well, God plainly says through Moses, that God had not given Israel in the desert ears to hear God with:
Deu 29:4 But Jehovah hath not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, to this day.
Even in His Incarnate form, the Word says to those around Him, six times in the New Testament after He has blessed them with His Speech:
Mat 11:15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
God as Word creates what He says. Why did He need to create hearing in those with ears if “anyone can hear God whenever they want to”?
In the Old Testament He says to Israel, who had become mingled with other nations and other religions such that God as Word prefaced His commands with the creating act of speaking hearing into those whom He chose to hear many times:
Psalm 50:7 Hear, my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify unto thee: I am God, thy God.
Even those to whom He had given hearing in former times, some of them did not hear because He had not explicitly commanded it to them as individuals as He did in former times and in His Incarnate form.
Ezekiel 12:1,2 And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not, which have ears to hear, and hear not; for they are a rebellious house.
But to ensure the blessing of His Word to come on those present who had previously been given ears to hear, He says as a creating act of Creating Speech/Jesus Christ, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”
So, God gave a body, to include ears to His Own Son who was also the Incarnate Word of God / Creating Speech to give back to him the Word which He had formerly spoken as blessing, completing and perfecting in Him the presence of the whole and complete Word of God. In then killing the body of the perfected Word of God, God has now fulfilled all the promises to all who came before that death that He gave by the oath of His Own life. So their reign over men is over.
If God as Word..not just God, but explicitly God as Word had not died, those heavenly powers would still be in power. But they are no longer in power.
Col 2:13-15 And you, being dead in offences and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has quickened together with him, having forgiven us all the offences; having effaced the handwriting in ordinances which stood out against us, which was contrary to us, he has taken it also out of the way, having nailed it to the cross; having spoiled principalities and authorities, he made a show of them publicly, leading them in triumph by it.
1Corinthians 2:7,8 But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, that hidden wisdom which God had predetermined before the ages for our glory: which none of the princes of this age knew, (for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;)
2Timothy 1:10 but has been made manifest now by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has annulled death, and brought to light life and incorruptibility by the glad tidings;
We have joy in remembrance of these things because we are no longer subject to those evil authorities as in former times and which those gathering around the President seem to rely on, because God has done away with them and it remains only to be worked out in time to subdue all such (now) pretenders to power other than Jesus Christ.
1Corinthians 15:24-28 Then the end, when he gives up the kingdom to him who is God and Father; when he shall have annulled all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that is annulled is death. For he has put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he says that all things are put in subjection, it is evident that it is except him who put all things in subjection to him. But when all things shall have been brought into subjection to him, then the Son also himself shall be placed in subjection to him who put all things in subjection to him, that God may be all in all.)
God says explicitly that ALL/100% of all authority has been given to him in heaven and on earth and the risen, Incarnate Word of God says this after His resurrection:
Matthew28:18 And Jesus coming up spoke to them, saying, All power has been given me in heaven and upon earth.
1. Christian celebrate Easter not because of merchants and the happiness over a new season arriving in which new clothes, lots of religiosity can be experienced, new candy to be tasted and eggs to be colored and hunted can be found.
2. We celebrate Easter because the Incarnate Word of God has given His blood for the transgressions others and ourselves were forced to do against our will against Himself in His pre-Incarnate form as law because we were under the jurisdiction of evil powers in the heavens who hated us. We did not sin “in free will”. We were not placed under the jurisdiction of evil powers voluntarily. Therefore ..
Romans 8:20,21 for the creature has been made subject to vanity, not of its will, but by reason of him who has subjected the same , in hope that the creature itself also shall be set free from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
1John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
3. We also celebrate Easter, the title of the time of year we celebrate the trial, death and resurrection of the Incarnate Word of God because God through us has joy at His Own victory over the spiritual powers in high places that hated those He had created in His Own Image (man) and because of His joy at being proved to have constantly fulfilled His Word for good toward us in ways we had no way of understanding while we under the jurisdiction of evil powers.
Romans 8:15-28 For ye have not received a spirit of bondage again for fear, but ye have received a spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God. And if children, heirs also: heirs of God, and Christ’s joint heirs; if indeed we suffer with him , that we may also be glorified with him . For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed to us. For the anxious looking out of the creature expects the revelation of the sons of God: for the creature has been made subject to vanity, not of its will, but by reason of him who has subjected the same , in hope that the creature itself also shall be set free from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails in pain together until now. And not only that , but even *we* ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, we also ourselves groan in ourselves, awaiting adoption, that is the redemption of our body. For we have been saved in hope; but hope seen is not hope; for what any one sees, why does he also hope? But if what we see not we hope, we expect in patience. And in like manner the Spirit joins also its help to our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as is fitting, but the Spirit itself makes intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered. But he who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for saints according to God. But we *do* know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose.
Psalm 94:18-23 When I said, My foot slippeth, thy loving-kindness, O Jehovah, held me up. In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me thy comforts have delighted my soul. Shall the throne of wickedness be united to thee, which frameth mischief into a law? They band together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. But Jehovah will be my high tower; and my God the rock of my refuge. And he will bring upon them their iniquity, and will cut them off in their own evil: Jehovah our God will cut them off.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Though they still will be in heaven, I’d rather be Steve Bannon, who stepped out in faith and walked on liberal waters and faltered a bit than the eleven other apostles that stayed in the boat. But if I were a free willer, I would begin to question the point of being a “loyal Trump supporter”, seeing what happens to them on a whim.
Matthew 14:26-32 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen