He Is Risen
Easter is upon us once again. For Christians, it is a time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Christ Jesus. The holiday, though it has become more and more secular over the years is really supposed to represent the day that the heavy veil of the temple was ripped from top to bottom- which caused a separation between men to God. No longer do we have to access a priest, to access God but we can go boldly to his throne because of Christ’s sacrifice. Hebrews 10:19 says “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,”
This is certainly a cause for celebration, but why does Easter Sunday always fall on different dates every year?
“Since the crucifixion occurred during the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox- the dates for Easter are also coincide with the March Equinox.”
”Father Dr Fredrick Njoroge, a chaplain at Moi University’s main campus, explained that since the year 325, Easter Sunday has been timed to occur after March 21.” The dates, he said ” were determined by calculations by mathematicians and astrologers sanctioned by the Catholic Church centuries ago. The Catholic church currently has the date of the annual Easter Sunday all the way up until the year 4099.”
“Because of the irregular nature of the moon’s rotation patterns, the full moon can occur in March or April, which explains why Easter dates change from year to year.” Next year, Easter Sunday will be on April 16 while in 2018 it will be on April 1.
“Easter can occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25, which now tells us why sometimes it will fall within April. If Jesus does not come back before 4099, we already have the dates,” Dr Njoroge said.
Article: Nigerian Scoop