What’s the REAL Meaning of Easter?

 Easter and Passover are two of Christianity’s and Judaism’s most important religious festivals. Yet Easter, in particular, is known and celebrated to some extent by millions of people who don’t adhere to either religion. Some say that the original meaning and spirit of this special time of year is in danger of being forgotten and tossed aside. Do you think you have a good grasp of the importance and meaning of Easter and Passover? Take this challenging test to find out.
Easter is celebrated at the same time as which ancient Jewish festival?
Passover is a very important and ancient Jewish, biblically derived, festival.
Yom Kippur
Passover celebrates the escape or exodus of the Israelite slaves from which country?
Passover commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt under the leadership of Moses.
Why is the seasonal festival of Pesach called 'Passover' in English?
According to Exodus 12:13, God told Moses and Aaron "I will pass over you".
Because the Angel of Death ‘passed over’ the houses of the Israelites, sparing their infants from death
Because they sound quite similar
It’s a mistranslation in the King James Bible
What did the Israelites put on their doors during the 10th plague?
According to Exodus 12:21, "Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the passover lamb."
Lambs’ blood
Goats’ blood
A cross
A wreath
What’s the name of the ceremonial feast that Jewish people eat to celebrate the Passover?
The Passover Seder marks the start of the Passover holiday.
What does the Christian Paschal festival of Easter commemorate?
Easter commemorates the death and resurrection from the dead of Jesus of Nazareth.
The death and resurrection from the dead of Jesus of Nazareth
The birth of Jesus of Nazareth
The cycle of the seasons
Leading up to the passion, how many pieces of silver did Judas betray Jesus for?
According to Matthew 26:15, Judas "said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver."
How many times did the disciple Peter deny Jesus after he was arrested?
Peter denied Jesus three times (Luke 22:54-57; Mark 14:69, 70; Matthew 26:73-75; John 18:13-27).
Who was pardoned and released instead of Jesus?
According to Matthew 27:26 Pontius Pilate released "Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified."
Pontius Pilate
What office did Simon of Cyrene perform for Jesus before he was executed?
According to Mark 15:21, "And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross."
He carried his cross
He washed his feet
He prayed for his soul
What did the inscription above Jesus's cross say?
It read "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” (Luke 19:19). It was written in three different languages according to John 19:20; Hebrew, Greek and Latin (INRI).
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
Ecce Homo
Behold, the sinner
Jesus of Nazareth hath a devil
Which of these statements did Jesus not make while on the cross?
Jesus said that the meek will inherit the Earth during his sermon on the mount.
“The meek shall inherit the Earth.”
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
“Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Who was the first person to see the resurrected Jesus?
According to Mark 16:9, "when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils."
Mary Magdalene
Simon Peter
Mary, the mother of Jesus
For Christian churches, what do Easter Eggs represent?
According to Kenneth Thompson's 2013 Culture and Progress article, the practice of dying eggs red (like blood) originated in ancient Christian Mesopotamia.
Christ’s resurrection from the closed tomb
Nothing. They are totally pagan
The life of the church
The Easter bunny is said to have originated from Germany during which century?
The bunny was originally a hare, who was created by Germany protestant Lutherans as a judge to discern whether children had behaved good or bad.
Sometime before the crucifixion
3rd century A.D.
13th century A.D.
17th Century A.D.
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The meaning and spirit of Easter seem to have passed you by somewhat. Either that or you were distracted when taking this quiz! Still, you have sure learned something worth passing on to your friends and family as you get ready to celebrate this special time of year. Happy Easter and better luck next time!
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You know quite a lot about Passover and Easter, don’t you? You’ve always considered this holiday to be underrated by society at large and you are really looking forward to spending this one with your loved ones. This will be a great time to explore and expand on your knowledge of Easter. Happy Easter to you and well done!
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You totally aced this test! Is there anything you don’t know about this most important of holidays? We think not. You’ve always believed that Easter and Passover should be better known and respected by society than it is today. But you are determined to make the best of it by enjoying this year’s festivities with your loved ones. Happy Easter and congratulations!
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