What Are The Odds? Interesting Facts about Resurrection Day (Easter)…

Its Resurrection Day morning (Easter Sunday) as I’m typing this and I thought I would share a few interesting facts about this day in history.  While it is significant because its the day Jesus rose from the grave, this day is also the historical day of many other events too.  My brief investigation has yielded some interesting facts, however a more scholarly study is definitely in order. But here are a few tidbits for you today…

It’s amazing to realize that the Israelites practiced various feasts and festivals for thousands of years before Jesus was ever born, and they had no idea the prophetic significance of what they were doing. Here are a couple of interesting facts you may enjoy. The symbolism to Christ and the evidence of God’s sovereignty are AMAZING!

The 1st Feast, Passover, originated back in Exodus 12 when the Lord was delivering the Israelites from Egypt. The night before he delivered them He instructed them to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood on their doorposts so the Angel of Death would “passover” their home and not kill the first born males in their household. Of course this is symbolic of the blood of Jesus that would cause death to “passover” us so we could have eternal life. The details are incredible:
–  They had to keep the lamb in their home for 4 days before killing it. The purpose was to form a bond with the animal so it was truly a sacrifice.
–  The lamb had to be without defect.
–  They were to eat the meat along with bitter herbs and bread without yeast. (The bitter herbs were symbolic of the bitterness of slavery and the yeast was symbolic of sin)
–  They were to eat the meal in haste “with their cloak tucked into their belt and their sandals on their feet”. (This was an act of faith, expressing their belief that the Lord was truly about to deliver them from slavery and they needed to be ready to leave at any moment.)

The 2nd Feast is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Lord told them that for seven days following the Passover, they should not eat bread with yeast (or leaven). They should only eat unleavened bread.  The Lord then led them out of Egypt via the Red Sea, even though it was not the shortest route, for in His sovereignty He knew the shortest route would have put them in danger. When they came to the Red Sea, they thought they were doomed. They immediately got angry with Moses and complained they wished they would have never left Egypt. This complaining and murmuring delayed their journey by 40 years!

The 3rd Feast is the Feast of Firstfruits. There was an “Early Firstfruits” and a ‘Latter Firstfruits.” The days in between were known as “counting the Omer” and they would count the 50 days until the Latter Firstfruits which was the 4th Feast known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.  During Early Firstfruits the firstfruits waved before the Lord were in the natural state—an omer of barley (and wheat, grapes, olives, etc.). During Latter Firstfruits (the Day of Pentecost) the firstfruits waved before the Lord were in the prepared state—two loaves of bread (and wine, oil, etc.).

Some interesting facts about the day that Early Firstfruits is celebrated are that it was also the very same day (Nissan 17) that:
–  Noah’s ark came to rest safely on Mt. Ararat (Gen 8:4)
–  The Israelites entered Egypt INTO a life of slavery (Ex. 12:40-41)
–  The Red Sea was parted and they crossed over on dry land (finally delivered OUT of slavery from the Egyptians) (Ex. 3:18 5:3)
–  Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land (Josh 5)
–  God promised to give them the city of Jericho and they began their 7 days of marching (this was during the Feast of Unleavened Bread). (Josh 5: 13-6:20)
–  Hezekiah cleansed the temple (800 years after entering the Promised Land) (2 Chron. 29:1-28)
–  Queen Esther saved the Jews from elimination. (Esther 3:12, 5:1)
–  The Resurrection of Jesus!

The odds of just two of these things happening on the exact same day of the Hebrew calendar are 1 in 129,000. The odds of ALL of them happening on the same exact day are 1 in 783,864,876,960,000,000 (783 quadrillion, 864 trillion, 876, billion, 960 million!)

Coincidence?

I think not.

Throughout history and throughout the biblical accounts, God has been pointing to Jesus and setting up His plan that could never be manufactured by man.  So as you reflect on this day that He rose from the grave I ask you… how can you deny His existence or His love for you? Receive Him today as your Lord and Savior and let Easter be more than candy, eggs and bunnies, but truly a day of celebration for you from this day forward!

(For information on how to receive the incredible gift Jesus provided for you, click on this link: http://www.maryloveslife.org/A-Gift-for-You.html

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

(All of these facts were taken from http://heartofwisdom.com/Acrobat/BHPreview2.0.pdf )

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About Mary L'Esperance Held
http://www.maryloveslife.org

2 Responses to What Are The Odds? Interesting Facts about Resurrection Day (Easter)…

  1. Lucy says:

    Mary!!! My brother and I had a debate about the origin of Easter and what it really represents. His argument was that Christians really shouldn’t celebrate it because we do not know when Jesus’ ressurection actually was. Your research will help me back my argument that we should celebrate the risen King! It is not a coincedence that these celebrations took place at the same time on the calendar as Easter is celebrated today! Thank you!!!

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