Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter 2013

Some Easter Thoughts

1. The Paschal greeting is an Easter  custom among many Christians. Christos Aneste ("Χριστός ἀνέστη!" - "Christ is Risen!" in Greek) and its response Alithos Anesti ("Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! " - "Truly He is Risen!" or "He Has Risen Indeed!")  On this day, instead of greeting one another with, "Hello," or even, "Happy Easter!" you might want to say to your fellow believers: 

"Christ is Risen!  
and wait for the response:
                       He is Risen, indeed!"

Keith & Kristyn Getty

2.  Have you ever wondered how the life of Christ might have played out "online" if the Roman Empire had Twitter?  Here is one possibility:

3.  Hey kids!  Here are 3 Easter songs that you might like to sing!  (Grownup's can sing along, too!)

4.  Test your Easter Bible knowledge (answers at the bottom of this page)

a.  Judas (one of the original 12 disciples) betrayed Christ and subsequently committed suicide.  Who took his place?

b.  What was the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified?  (hint: it was called "Place of the Skull")

c.  How many trials was Jesus subjected to before being crucified?

d.  How many of these trials were legal under the law?

e.  Who was the first person to see Jesus on Resurrection Sunday?

5.  How about some non-Biblical Easter trivia?  (Stump your friends, before they stump you!)

•  Egyptians were initially the ones who exchanged eggs to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. It was later that the tradition was passed down to early Christians.

•  Hot cross buns, made by European monks, are counted amongst the earliest Easter treats. They were given to the poor people, during the month of Lent.

•  On Easter, 76% people bite off the chocolate bunny ears first, while 5% bite the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

•  Easter has been named after Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess. The symbols of the goddess were the hare and the egg.

•  Red jellybeans qualify as the most favorite food stuff for kids on Easter.

•  The first Easter basket was given the appearance of a bird's nest.

•  In the mid-20th century, it used to take as much as 27 hours to make a marshmallow peep. Today, the time has been reduced to six minutes.

Test answers:  a) Matthias (Acts 1:12-26)  b)  Golgotha    c)  six        d)  none      e)  Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9)