Do you think Christmas is bigger than Easter?
This seems like an easy question to answer. However, opinions and contexts differ. For me, the answer is NO! And I am not the only one. Apparently, the Rev. Ray Pritchard agrees with me. Let us take a gander at what he wrote on his http://www.keepbelieving.com website.
In our society, there are two great religious holidays-Christmas and Easter. For most of us, Christmas is the bigger and greater season of the year. It is the time of year when we gather with family and friends to sing carols, decorate the tree, and exchange gifts. Christmas is the climax of the whole year. Easter? Well, for most people it is just another long weekend, another chance to get away for a few days.
Even Christians view Easter as a second-rate holiday!
Somehow we’ve gotten our thinking mixed up. If Easter had not happened, Christmas would have no meaning. If the tomb is not empty, the cradle makes no difference. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then He is just a misguided Jewish rabbi with delusions of grandeur. If Easter is not true, then Christmas was only the story of an obscure baby born in an out-of-the-way village, in a forgotten land 2000 years ago. It is Easter that gives Christmas its meaning.
Do You want proof? In all the New Testament, no major doctrinal point is ever built upon the virgin birth of Christ. Not one. It is true. It happened. But it is never discussed or mentioned. In fact, two gospels do not even say anything about it.
However, when it comes to the resurrection? That is a different story. In every part of the New Testament, it comes up again and again. Read the sermons of Acts. When the first Christians preached, they did not mention Bethlehem; they talked about the empty tomb. They never got over the fact that on Easter Sunday when they went to the tomb, Jesus was gone.
Great perspective- another way that I have begun to look at these two events is through the Hebraic lens of Jesus dying on Passover, rising during the feast of Firstfruits and Jesus birth during the feast of Tabernacles- an interesting study for sure.
This is very interesting commentary. I have never looked at the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus through the Hebraic lens. Thanks so much for chiming in and adding another perspective to the argument, my friend. God blesses.
i totally agree, i look forward to Easter than Christmas, and Easter has a deeper meaning and intimate effect on me as a Christian…
Agreed! However, some people will argue that Christmas is bigger because if Christ had not born into the world there would not be an Easter.
Thanks so much for sharing your perspective. God blesses.
I agree with you my dear brother. They are both important holidays. Easter on the other hand purchase my redemption, without him dying on the cross my soul would still be lost. Hallelujah!!
Thanks Boo! You have already know where I stand on this. It is nice to here from you. God blesses.