Brad asks an interesting question… where did all this talk of Resurrection Sunday come from? I agree that the whole thing seems a bit unseemly. Protestants of the purest variety shunned Easter as superfluous, after all every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Further, the Bible does not sanction setting aside one Sunday over another to commemorate Christ and His victory over death. All Sunday’s are equal. Puritanism showing its egalitarianism.
Of course, Lutherans and Anglicans have been less “radical” in their purifying tendencies and tried to keep continuity with the Christian calendar.
But what do we make of the evangelical tendency to shun Church tradition, embrace puritan egalitarianism, and still celebrate Easter while giving it a cheesy name to assuage their conscience? Muddled indeed. If Easter’s pagan pedigree is the concern, why embrace the title Sunday? Is the word Sunday not compromised with its own pagan past? Should they not be celebrating Resurrection Lord’s Day? But again you are back to being redundant.
As for me, I embrace those Pagan origins that cause such angst among Evangelicals. Christ has conquered the old gods and plundered their treasures. The Pagans groped in the darkness, and Christ was the light they sought. Easter and Sunday pointed the Pagans beyond their paganism and to the true hope of man. Christ is King and His glorious reign allows us to find the past sanctified rather than erased, fulfilled rather than forgotten. Salvation is of the Jews, but lets not extinguish the light of the barbarian!
Therefore, I say without hesitation…. Happy Easter