2018-04-01 / Features

Easter: It's not just bunnies and chocolate

1. Easter is celebrated by Christians because …

A. It is the day Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

B. It is the day Jesus was raised from the dead.

C. It is the day Jesus was crucified by the Romans.

D. It is the day Jesus brought Lazarus back to life.

2. Easter does not fall on the same date on the Gregorian calendar each year.

It is celebrated each year, instead, by Christians in the West on …

A. The first Sunday in April

B. The fifth Sunday after the last Sunday in February

C. The second Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day.

D. The first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21.

3. Easter has been referred to as “a moveable feast” because …

A. Christians are supposed to eat boiled eggs as they travel from their homes to churches.

B. Christians are not supposed to eat at all on Easter. Instead, they are supposed to take food to those who are hungry.

C. Christians are only supposed to eat the flesh of animals – or food sources that move – on Easter.

D. Christians celebrate Easter on a different calendar date each year.

4. Jesus was visiting in Jerusalem when he was arrested, tried, sentenced to death by crucifixion and hung on a crude cross. Why was he in the city?

A. He was there to celebrate Passover in observance of the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt.

B. He came to get his first glimpse of the Temple in Jerusalem.

C. He was there because he liked big cities and was tired of being a carpenter.

D. He was there because his disciples thought it would be a good place for him to preach to large crowds.

5. Easter Sunday is preceded by the season of Lent. During Lent, Christians are advised to …

A. Avoid wearing colorful clothing in order to show that they are sad.

B. Give up chocolate.

C. Reflect on their relationship with God and seek to make it better.

D. Perfect their egg decorating skills.

6. The week preceding Easter is called …

A. Advent

B. Holy Week

C. Pentecost

D. Armageddon

Answers:

1. B. Jesus was crucified on the day Christians refer to as Good Friday and was raised from the dead on the following Sunday, the day believers mark once a year as the holiest of days. They refer to the day as Easter.

2. D. Easter is, thus, celebrated anywhere from March 22 to April 25 from year to year. By contrast, Orthodox Christians, primarily in the East, celebrate Easter based on the Julian calendar, so it typically falls a week or two later for them.

3. D. It is “moving” around the calendar that makes the holiday a “moveable feast.” Iconic writer Ernest Hemingway borrowed the term as a title for his memoir about roving through Paris as a young writer.

4. A. The celebration of the Passover was an important observance for Jews and Jesus chose to share it with his closest friends in Jerusalem, even though he knew the religious and political leaders there were trying to destroy him.

5. C. Lent is a time for people to consider the reason why Jesus’ death and resurrection were necessary, assess their own relationship to God and determine to live, by faith, more in accordance with His will and purpose for their lives.

6. B. Holy Week

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