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Easter Is Important

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2010/04/03

Easter is important.
Air is desirable.
Water has value.

There are many who consider Easter the most important celebratory day of the year. I may be one of them but I am not entirely certain. Let me explain my predicament, using a Progressive tool: Values Clarification (which is actually values modification).

You are planning a journey to colonize the moon. In your plans, you have to decide what to take with you. There will be no other trips to your colony for a year. You have limited space, so you will have to do without a lot of things you would prefer to have in order to make your life on the moon survivable. List these items in order of importance:

Housing unit
Cold-weather clothing
Hot-weather clothing
Excavation tools
Compressed air
Lunar maps
Lunar compasses

So, what did you decide was most important for your trip? Air, perhaps? Without air, nobody will survive longer than a few short minutes. Without water, nobody will survive more than a few days. Without food, nobody will survive more than a few weeks. Without proper shelter or clothing, it is highly unlikely you could survive a week. So it’s quite possible that air is the most important on the list. Or is it?

If you will not gain anything for a year, what importance is the fraction-of-year survival without a certain item compared to the importance of the fraction-of-year survival without a different item? No matter how you order it, if you’re missing one for that duration, you’re still just as dead after the year is up.

So, what celebratory day is more important? Easter, Christmas or Good Friday? Without Easter, there would be no Resurrection and thus no redemption of sin. There could be no Resurrection without the Crucifixion celebrated on Good Friday (which I believe is the wrong day). That means the redemption of sin could not occur. Without the Birth, there could be no Crucifixion. Without the Immaculate Conception, everything is moot. Remove any one of these four events and the other three events lose all their value. Remove Jesus’ 33 years of sin-free life and all four events lose all their value.

So, in the grand scheme of things, can any of the events truly be ordered as more important than the others?

4 Responses to “Easter Is Important”

  1. Adara said

    Good food for thought, from an angle I’d never really considered. While I was chewing over a response yesterday, I was playing through some Easter hymns on the piano, and mom asked if they were from Lent. No, they’re way too happy to be Lent, I said. And she said, I really can’t think of it as wholly happy–it may be the Resurrection, but that only happened because of the Crucifixion. We celebrate because of death. (Granted that she believes in the necessity of that death, the payment for our sins.) So this Easter I’ve done a lot of thinking about the way we divide up holy days and take each as a separate entity, when, as you say, each event relies on the others. Good illustration and mulling subject.
    Also…Good Friday the wrong day? Please expound?


  2. I’m not Jewish, nor have I been around practicing Jews in any depth whatsoever, so I don’t know a whole lot about matters Jewish (but I sure miss matzo-ball soup). I know enough to make me certain about a few things — certainly wrong. So, …

    Let’s consider a Friday Death. He died just before sunset on a Friday. He was put in the grave, remained there Friday night, all day Saturday, and for a brief time Sunday morning. 6PM Friday to 6AM Sunday is a day and a half, based on total hours.

    Looking at it from my most likely flawed Jewish understanding (and the occasional visitor Jeff might could help out here), the new day begins at sundown. With my understanding, that would put Saturday as His first day in the grave and Sunday as His second day. So, using the hours method or my possibly flawed Jewish day method, He would’ve been raised on the second day.

    From my understanding, the Crucifixion took place during Passover week. And, according to my understanding, no work is allowed on Passover. If Passover takes place on Friday, that would begin at sundown on Thursday night. And the bodies would have to be dealt with before sundown Thursday.

    So, we’d have Friday as the first day (starting Thursday night), Saturday as the second day and Sunday as the third day when He was raised. And it would also fit into the total-hours measurement. Jeff would be useful here, if he saw it and were willing to discuss the technical issues.

    And, as I was writing this, I remembered “and there was evening and there was morning; the first day,” which would also fit into a Thursday Crucifixion event.

    And there is my reasoning why Friday could be the wrong day.


  3. Jeff said

    Passover always starts on the same day – Nisan 15. Since Jesus would have been killed on the cross well before sundown (the guards wouldn’t want to hang around through the holiday), we can say he died on the 14th. Leave two intervening days, and the third day post-crucifixion would have been Nisan 17. Furthermore, Passover is a seven-day holiday where no work is allowed on the first two days (the 15th and 16th). So Jesus’ followers would have been more free to check on him during the day of the 17th. So we’ll say resurrection occurred on the 17th. If the 17th was Sat/Sun to coincide with Easter, the 14th would have been Wed/Thur. So yeah, John, your math is right.


  4. Thanks for your input, Jeff. And sorry your comment was stuck in moderation so long. I’ve been a wee bit busy of late. (Passover got it stuck in my word filter.)


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