[ The Trumans - Witnessing the Truth About Easter ]
 

It’s spring time again, and with it comes Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread! (Or should that read… It’s Passover and Unleavened bread and with them comes spring!?) This is really great news, but there’s some bad news as well… it’s also the time of the worldly Easter holiday. Since most of the people in this country observe this pagan festival, many are going to wish you a happy Easter when they see you. What do we do when this happens to us? Well, Phoebe is going to be faced with this situation. Let’s find out how she deals with it.

Witnessing the Truth About Easter

Phoebe looked up from her desk to see what time it was. She was thrilled to see the clock in her class room read 2:45 p.m.

“Only 15 minutes of school left,” she thought to herself, as looked back down at her school work, “I can’t wait to get out of here. Mom and Dad said we all could go to a movie tonight since all our Passover cleaning is done.”

Three o’clock came and Phoebe was out of there, well……almost!

“Hey Phoebe, wait up!” she heard her friend, Fallon, call as she started down the school steps.

“I’ve been calling you since we left class! What’s your hurry?”

“Oh, sorry Fallon, I didn’t hear you. I was just in a hurry to get home. I’m going to the movies with my family tonight.”

“Oh, okay. Well, that sounds like fun. I just wanted to wish you a happy Easter!” she said as she turned and ran to her bus. “See you next week!”

“You……uh……too,” Phoebe said, suddenly at a loss for words.

On the way home on the bus, Phoebe’s mind raced about what Fallon had just said and her lame response. She was feeling really awful because she hadn’t said anything to Fallon about how she and her family do not observe Easter. It’s not that she is ashamed of her beliefs, in fact she knows all about the pagan history behind Easter, but she was just taken by surprise and didn’t know quite how to respond. Maybe if she had thought about what she could say ahead of time she might be a little more prepared. She’s going to need some help with this one.

“Mom, Dad, is anyone home yet?” Phoebe yelled, as she came into her house.

“Hey, Phoebe, what’s up?” asked her older brother Matt, as he poked his head around the corner from the living room, “I just got home a little bit ago. Pete’s upstairs doing whatever, and Mom and Dad aren’t home from work yet.”

“Oh, okay, well, you’re pretty smart. Can I ask you a question?” asked Phoebe.

“Actually I’m a genius, and good looking too, but I won’t argue the point,” said Matt with a laugh, “What’s up?”

“What do you say to someone who wishes you a happy Easter?” asked Phoebe.

“Wow, that’s a good question. I thought you were going to ask me for help in your homework or something. Well, hmm……let me think. Usually when someone asks I just tell them, ‘Thanks for the thought, but I don’t observe Easter,’ or whatever the holiday is. You don’t want to come across as mean or self-righteous and as they say… ‘There, but for the grace of Yahweh, go I!’ But at the same time you need to voice your beliefs so they don’t think that you are just like everyone else and observe Easter too. Plus, we should be trying to witness because of what Yahshua tells us in Matthew 10:32-33: ‘Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before me, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.’

“If they don’t really seem to care one way or another whether you observe Easter or not then don’t say any more about it. You don’t want to push your beliefs on others; they must want to listen on their own. On the other hand, if they are at all curious about why you don’t, you can talk about some of the pagan customs that are linked to it. You will probably want to start out simply by telling them how the Easter bunny and Easter egg symbols are derived from fertility worship. You see, people in ancient times would worship the ‘mighty one’ of spring, because they believed that by doing so they would be able to bear children. The reason rabbits and eggs are used in connection with this worship is because rabbits and chickens have a higher rate of producing their young, so by instituting these objects into the worship, it supposedly helps to make the person that is worshipping the ‘mighty one’ more fertile.

“If they still appear interested then you can move on to talking about how Yahshua couldn’t have had a Friday afternoon death and a Sunday morning resurrection and be consistent with prophecy. If you don’t have your Bible handy, try to remember what it says in Matthew 12:40, ‘For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’ Count it out on your fingers if you have to so you can show them that from Friday to Sunday is less than three days and three nights. Tell them you observe the Passover as Yahshua did and commanded that we do also… forever. (Luke 22:13-20)

“There is really so much more than can be said that proves why Easter is derived from such pagan observances, but this should be a good way to start out in your conversation,” said Matt. “And if they’re still curious, give them the website address at yahstruth.org and tell them about the ‘Easter vs. Passover’ article in the publications section. That will give them a detailed explanation of Yahweh’s Truth! But don’t get discouraged if they show no interest. Just say a quick prayer of thanks to Yahweh for the privilege of witnessing His Truth. That’s our job… the rest is His!”

“Wow, thanks Matt! That’s some great stuff to know. I’ll try to remember all of that for the next time it happens,” replied Phoebe.

“Cool. Now let’s get supper started so we can get to that movie later,” said Matt.

“Alright, now you’re talking,” replied Phoebe.

Always remember that when talking to someone about your faith you need to be patient and understanding. Your assured witness might just plant the seed that may yield fruit to Yahweh. Just talk to them how you would want someone to talk to you if you had never heard the truth before. Easter is a pagan holiday, and you can help expose at least your small part of the world to what it really is.

Exercise: To learn more about Easter, and where it really is derived from, read the article mentioned in the story entitled, “Easter vs. Passover.” This will help you to understand more fully Yahweh’s commanded Holy Convocations and the worldly counterfeits.

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