In One Week from the date of this post, we begin to celebrate and recognize the most significant event in the course of human history.. that is, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Savior of the World, The Lord Jesus Christ.
If you've ever wondered how the date for Easter is determined, then the following few words will help you understand how the date is determined every year….
The spring equinox, also called the vernal equinox, is the moment when day and night last about the same time, 12 hours, on almost all parts of the world.
This year's Spring Equinox occurred on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.
Now, the spring equinox is a significant part of the Jewish tradition of Passover. The celebration is traditionally held on the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon following the spring equinox.
The earliest believers in the church of Asia Minor have wanted to keep the observance of Easter correlated to the Jewish Passover.
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, which was when the Last Supper more or less took place, given that the gospel by Luke mentioned the event as a Passover meal.
You can see this wikipedia article to get the full scope of Easter Calendar Computations….
So, that understanding comes to this:
It was after seeing the moon fade (on the Friday before that Full moon described above) that I was inspired once to write this below…
And here I post it, to remind us what this Easter Means to us all and Why it is the most significant celebration in the history of mankind…
and can mean a very personal celebration to you today, if you understand that Easter Sunday is the real and best gift, given to all mankind.
Read it and see it:
Good Friday, April 3rd 2015, the day before the Full Moon:
The moon is red tinted this morning.
And as I look at it – it now fades from view into the dark horizon.
As if dying to the world, fading into some elsewhere.
And so it was with the crucified King.
It seemed to those closest to him as if He too would fade out of this world on this day 2000 years ago.
As this Servant King fell into darkness, the mission finished and complete,
Just as the moon now fades having served it's time to shine to a dark world and perhaps light a path for stumbling feet…
They wondered if all was lost and a new day with the same old stuff was to begin.
we know that the moon shall rise each night to light our darkness and so the Savior rose again too..
Full of brightness to bring hope, joy, and peace to our darkened world and we know that He is the Son of God who takes our own darkness upon himself.
And when the moon sets in the final hour of our life,
We shall be greeted with open arms by the One who paid the price to bring us to Himself.
This door is Open to All.
He is Risen.
I encourage you to get to know the one who paid the ultimate price.
For their is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friend (Ref. John 15:13).
And with Jesus, God counts us his friend. Here is the gift:
John 3:16New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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By Anton Lefterrov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons” “Red moon in Sofia“