How many times is Easter mentioned in the Bible? (what does the Bible say about Easter?)

Two weeks before Easter, one of my Bible Study Students showed concern about Easter not being as Biblical as he used to think. I was not shocked because many people debate Easter not being mentioned in the Bible and suggest it is not Biblical. So I had to put my student back on track by taking him through the verses about that talk Easter. Even though the word is rarely mentioned in the Bible, I took him through the many verses about Easter (Resurrection Day), and we counted them. So, how many times is Easter mentioned in the Bible?

The word Easter is only mentioned once in the Bible and only one version, KJV. It is mentioned in the book of Acts 12:4, and it is suggested that it was a mistranslation that was supposed to mean Passover instead. However, Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, and so many verses talk about the Resurrection of Christ.

So join me in this article as I discuss whether Easter is Biblical. I will also discuss what the Bible says about Easter and give you verses about Easter. Read on to find out more.

What does the Bible say about Easter?

Although the Bible does not mention Easter, it talks about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is celebrated during Easter . Easter is also called Resurrection Day, and the Bible says much about Resurrection. In the book of Acts 2:32-36, the Bible says that through Resurrection, Israelites knew that indeed Jesus was the Messiah. When we interpret this verse, we can see that Easter is a celebration that reminds us of the Messiah who conquered death.

Also, the Bible says that Jesus was declared the son of God and powerful after he was resurrected. This implies that the Bible indirectly says Easter is a celebration that honors Jesus as the son of God and that He is powerful.

Also, the Bible says that celebrating Easter is an act of accepting that we are sinners and it is only by grace that we are saved. Jesus died for us so we can be victorious on earth. Through Easter, we not only identify with the death of Christ but also with His eternal life.

Is the Celebration of Easter Biblical?

what does the Bible say about Easter?
Is the Celebration of Easter Biblical? Image source: Pixabay

As mentioned above, Easter is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. However, the celebration that Christians conduct on this day has a Biblical foundation. Christians celebrate this Holiday to remember the Resurrection of Christ, which is recorded in the book of Luke 24. Deciding whether Easter is Biblical or not requires discernment guided by the Bible.

Reading the book of Colossians 2:16, we discover that Christians are told that no one should give us rules regarding Holy days, New Moon and the Sabbath. Easter is not an exception in this case. Also, the book of 1st Corinthians 10:23-33 allows Christians to do anything but to put in mind that not everything is useful and good. Also, the verse urges us to look out for other people’s interests and not to be selfish. In addition, it is safe for Christians to do anything, provided it is for the glory of God. Then this leads us to analyze Easter as to whether it glorifies God or not. When we celebrate Easter from a Christian perspective, we are giving glory to God for getting close to us and forgiving our sins through the death and Resurrection of Christ. Therefore it is safe to say that Easter Celebration has a Biblical foundation.

What Does Easter Mean in the Bible?

Easter means the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is celebrated by all Christians. In expansion, Easter is meant to celebrate the coming back to life of the son of God, just so He could reconcile Humanity with God, as recorded in Romans 4:25.

Also, according to Ephesians 1:21, Easter means that Jesus is the only true victorious King who has power over all authorities in this world and in the next world. Furthermore, Easter means that Jesus has conquered the greatest enemy of humanity, death, and through that, our sins are forgiven. Lastly, Easter means that Jesus Christ is the Lord of fresh beginnings, fresh days and new lives.

Bible Verses about Easter 

How many times is Easter mentioned in the Bible? 
Bible Verses about Easter. Image source: Pixabay

As mentioned, Easter is a celebration that marks the Resurrection of Christ, which extends to the forgiveness of sins and reunion with God. Therefore, most of the Bible verses that are about Easter are more definitely about the Resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Luke 24:1-12 records the discovery of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Two women went to the tomb and found the stone had been rolled away, and Jesus was not in there. Then angels showed up and told them that they should not be looking for the living among the dead, meaning that Jesus had resurrected. As Christians, we celebrate this moment as Easter to give glory to God for Jesus conquering the greatest enemy of humanity, death.

Romans 5:8 says that Christ dying for us as sinners shows how much God loves us. Celebrating Easter is among the most important occasions because it reminds us that God loves us so much that He sacrificed His son to save us.

Romans 10:9 says that when we accept Jesus as Lord and our hearts believe that by the power of God, then we will be saved. So celebrating Easter shows that we genuinely believed in our hearts that Jesus resurrected us and we would be saved.

Where did the word Easter come from in the Bible?

According to Research, the word Easter is an English substitute for the word Pesach. Pesach is a Hebrew name that means Passover in the Bible. According to the Bible, Passover foreshadowed the death of Jesus Christ. This is why He was called the Passover lamb. Therefore Easter was coined to mean the celebration of the Resurrection of the Passover lamb.

However, others believe that the word came from the German name of a certain goddess called Eostre. There was a Spring Holiday that celebrated this goddess, and it was called Eosturmonath. It is suggested that when Christianity became popular in England, most of the religious holidays were replaced by Christian Holidays without changing the names of the holidays. Therefore the names of the holidays were only translated to English, and for Eostre Holiday, it was translated to Easter. This is the reason why some people feel Easter is pagan, but I have already elaborated on why it is a very important day for all Christians.

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