Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
With Passover and Easter upon us, I wonder why the proclaimed Christian community discards Passover in favor of the historically pagan celebration honoring the Roman goddess Astarte: Transliterated Eastre, or as called today, Easter.
The altar for worship of this pagan goddess, originally called Asheroth, is a pole or tree — which is why, in the Jewish faith, anyone hung on a tree is cursed. Now in the Christian faith, Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew by birth, was crucified under Roman decree, and hung on a cross, or according to some scholars, a tree. That’s the ultimate humiliation: Jesus of Nazareth the Christ; sacrificed naked on the altar of a Roman goddess!
Yet I also wonder why all of Christianity suggests that Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, didn’t tell the truth regarding his own death and crucifixion.
What, you say?
Well, the recorded words of Jesus, state: “I will be in the belly of the earth, three days and three nights “as Jonah, was in the belly of the great fish; three days and three nights. (Matt 12:40),” Yet this Biblical truth is ignored in our modern secular world.
Now, I know there are scholarly differences to the time line recorded in the gospels.
However, there is a time line, that even the most casual reader of the Bible gospels, cannot deny, or change. Jesus said: “Three days and nights buried.”
So let us follow the gospel time line, remembering the Jewish day began at sunset, backwards from the Resurrection, before it was light on the first day of the week, Sunday – making Saturday night, night one. That means Saturday is day one, Friday night is night two and Friday is day two, Thursday night, night three and Thursday, from before Sunset, when the Jewish day of Preparation Friday, began, day three.
The gospel record states that: “Jesus died, and was removed from the cross, Thursday at the ninth hour (3 p.m.) and buried because the day of preparation, Friday, was approaching. That’s “three days and three nights;” (Matt. 12:40).
Now I know there are scholarly differences to the time line recorded in the gospels. Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder? Some say yes, and some say no; creating the present day void between Passover and Easter.
Yet the Scriptural time line, taken from the Gospels, would make the capture of Jesus sometime after dinner (Passover Seder)? Wednesday evening, and the mock trial and crucifixion, sometime Thursday morning. This undisputed time line, makes the Christian concept of Jesus being crucified and dying on “Good Friday” completely untrue.
As for Passover: To the Jews it is a commemoration of their release from bondage, by the shed blood of the lamb, on their doorposts, allowing the angel of death to pass over them. To the Christian believer, the shed blood of the lamb of God, Jesus, cleansed the sins of the world to those that believe allowing the angel of death to pass over them, and granting them eternal life with the Christ.
Was Jesus’ last meal the Passover meal? Jesus himself said it was. That’s good enough for me. How about you?
Do you believe that the shed blood of the lamb has protected you from the Angel of Death. If you do; then examine the timeline from resurrection to crucifixion, put aside the falsehoods surrounding Easter, and follow the truth — Jesus: “The way, the truth and the life.”
Jesus’ last words to his disciples, were: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
So, how about all, Jew and Christian alike, celebrating the Passover meal with that Jewish boy, Jesus of Nazareth, for our father’s glory!
Langsford Streeet, Gloucester