4th April 2021
The day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are plenty of websites which will tell you about this.
You can of course go back to the original story, which you will find recorded in the four gospels of the New Testament. A good translation helps, although I know of none that make a hash of the original Greek to any great extent at least.
But if you have any knowledge of the ancient Greek, best to check the original Greek text if you want to be sure the translations are correct. I find Biblehub very good, although its translations in English are very variable.
I assume the original Hebrew or Greek text is faithful to that originally recorded in the ancient manuscripts. However as I have no access to these I cannot confirm this.
The day is not necessarily the day that Jesus rose from the dead in a transformed body, albeit still a man and still recognisable, although some were confused for some reason which I hope to explain later in another post.
When I say the day that Jesus rose from the dead, I mean not like our birthdays. That is when we celebrate (perhaps!) another passing year of our lives on the same numbered day of the month as when we were born.
His resurrection is related to the Passover of Israelite tradition. I won’t bother to try and explain why the date of Easter varies as defined by the churches, I am sure other websites can explain it well enough, as they do regarding the Passover.
There are those who say that Easter should not be celebrated as it refers to Eostre, a Saxon goddess of fertility, allegedly.
There are those who say the goddess and the pagan festival, Eosturmonath, were made up by the Venerable Bede.
Now Baldmichael put his thinking cap on and started to look more closely at this. I tried anagramming. Most enlightening as usual.
Eostre – ‘Eros et’, Eros meaning ‘god of love and sex’ and et meaning ‘and’ from the French.
Eosturmonath – ‘anoestrum hot’ – meaning anoestrum ‘no sex’ and hot meaning hot! Strictly anoestrum means between heat periods as in animals ‘in heat’ or sexually active. You can look it up.
Or possibley ‘Eostur’ and ‘monath’. As anagram ‘Eros tu’, meaning Eros you, tu as in French ‘tu’ meaning you. Thus ‘Eros you’ or ‘you Eros’.
Monath may be as in ‘monathtry’, like monastery, but with a lisp!!
Now perhaps the Bede was not thinking quite along those lines, but I think he was ‘taking the pith’ as the lisper might say. Therefore I conclude he was making a joke which helps pass the time when there is no sex in a monastery (supposedly)!
Traditionally there has been a period of fasting during Lent, a period of 40 days before Easter when food was often scarce any way. But fasting can be very useful to get rid of toxins built up during the winter months when sunlight is low and vitamin D levels are severely depleted (usually).
Anyway, overtime such jokes made by bored monks or others get magnified by so-called academics who take the story seriously, or those who get the joke and wish to embellish it and see how many fall for it. Which is funny in itself.
Easter eggs and bunnies are associated with Easter. Well, there seems much sense in saying that eggs tend to be laid again by the chickens who take the winter off given half a chance. And rabbits who start producing their litters of babies.
We mustn’t forget that the eggs themselves tend to hatch out and produce cute chicks (cute chicks can be pretty women, but that’s another story!).
These matters are a fact of life, and can be readily observed by those with access to the countryside and farming.
Talking of countryside, there are the villages of High Easter and Good Easter in Essex, part of the Roding valley up which I have cycled; a long time ago it seems now. Good Easter is quietly attractive I believe, as I imagine is High Easter. I love the Essex countryside. It is a lovely calm backwater of England, my beloved England.
Apparently Easter means ‘sheep fold’ – see
High means just that, high up, or relatively high as there are not many parts of Essex that can be considered of any great height.
And Good means, well, good as far as I can tell. So a good part of England then. Makes good sense to me. I say it is good anyway.
But what about Jesus Christ? Well, Easter could be ‘e aster’ as in ‘He a star’ – aster means ‘star’.
And so He is, he is a star. He is one of the Morning Stars who sang together at the dawn of time. He rose again in the morning, at dawn. Perhaps just before dawn so he could see her again, Dawn with a capital ‘D’. He had missed her for 3 days it seems.
And as He is still so well known about in the world, despite the best efforts of Satan and his cronies to hide the facts, He may be considered a star. Like a celebrity only far better than most who are given the title nowadays.
This is because He is humble yet strong, upright and compassionate, a real man among men. And because He is bright, witty, intelligent, a real gent, a royal gentle man. A king of kings, of the throne of King David’s line in Israel.
You can look these statements up yourselves to check what I say, as others have said much about him.
And He came to life again, raised up on the command of the heavenly Father who would not let His Son’s body decay in the tomb.
Such a life He promises to those who follow Him, into His sheepfold, the High and Good Easter. Which is why we have much to celebrate this Easter, which we can do every day in any event.
But it is good to have special days when the weather improves after the cold and relative greyness of winter. And giving gifts is always a good thing, as long as they do not become our ‘gods’.
After all why give thanks to things which are only things, rather than the giver who is God. But who is God?
Why, the heavenly Father who loves to give good things to His Children, despite Satan and his children’s attempts to denigrate Him. How does He give us these things?
Why, through His children, the angels low, of course, both those you see (you and I) and His unseen children, the angels high, who guide us when we listen. So you can and should thank the giver always. If you should be given something you can’t use, pass it on to someone who needs it.
If the gift is not useable for some reason (which is sometimes the case), try being gently honest with the giver so that you encourage them to give something more suitable next time.
But the Father gave His Son that we might have life and have it to the full as Jesus says. A new life, a bit like that we see around us at this time of year, especially if we live in the countryside.
Simnel cakes are often baked at this time and served at Easter. I see form my Cloud and can just smell that my wife down below has baked one. I heard her say that it has risen well.
Like Jesus, The Star, The Celebrity, the Bright Morning Star. He has risen. Hallelujah, He is risen.
P.S. I like chocolate – indeed I have written about it in a page C is for…..Chocolate
I like bunnies and chicks too (of both kinds of course as I am a Man!). Men do not have to be macho to be strong.
I like eggs as well. So I have no problem with Easter gifts. I just won’t make them my gods, that’s all.
If you wish to find out about Good Friday which I had hoped to post on the day I will have a page link here shortly all being well.
And look out for the ‘Mark of the Beast’ coming soon!