For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [KJV, Matthew 12:40]
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. [KJV, Matthew 16:21]
And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. [KJV, Mark 8:31]
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: [KJV, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4]
The true meaning of Easter is about Jesus and how He died for our sins and rose from the dead, not as a spirit but truly alive. However, it does not state in the Bible a festival called “Easter” as being observed or celebrated.
The Easter that is celebrated today is full of bunnies, baby chicks, and eggs. These are all symbols of fertility. The symbols of fertility are associated with a pagan celebration to worship and honor Ishtar [Astarte, Inanna, Asherah, Asheroth, Ashtoreth, Ashtaroth, Isis]; the goddess of sex, love, fertility, and war.
The Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre, who may have been connected to Ishtar, is speculated as inspiring the name of Easter.
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