The Resurrection of Christ & Easter

But Will They Still Worship Him?

Olivia Meadows
4 min readMar 16, 2021
image courtesy of Alix Bejour

The third planet from the Sun, more commonly referred to as Earth, will celebrate the resurrection this spring.

Why is it necessary to associate the term Easter with Christ’s resurrection when the two have nothing in common.

Venerable Bede, a 7th century British monk, coined the word Easter, which translates to

Eostre, sometimes called Ostara, who was the goddess of spring and is often depicted with imagery of rabbits, eggs, and flowers that Christians associate with the Easter holiday celebration.

On the contrary, the Jewish tradition according to Exodus, refer to this period as the Passover, or in Hebrew, Pesach.

The Passover is the remembrance of God freeing the Israelites from slavery through the chosen one, Moses. See Exodus chapter 12

verse 14–33.

Bible Belt pastors of the South rarely mention the Passover in association with the Easter celebration. Instead, the traditional sermon is followed by an Easter egg hunt and handing out candy.

As a kid this always confused me.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the candy, but in the back of my mind, I questioned what eggs and rabbits had to do with the resurrection.

I knew better than to ask, so I didn’t.

The shade conscious world we live in created an image of Christ to worship. But why was it necessary?

Leonardo DaVinci, “ The Last Supper,” created around 1494, is the most recognized image of Jesus and his disciples, followed by Warner E. Sallman’s 1940 painting, “The Head of Christ.”

The Head of Christ painting indoctrinated inside every school, home, and church was unquestionably considered the Son of God.

Yet in plain text, Genesis, chapter 2, verse 8, speaks of the four rivers flowing through the Garden of Eden: the Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon, and the Gihon River.

Interim, I thought about the video my dad presented years earlier about the Garden of Eden possibly being in Africa.

At the time, God rest his soul, I thought my dad was the weirdest man on Earth.

I’m not sure where I thought the Garden of Eden was, but it never crossed my mind it may have been in Africa.

And if Adam and Eve were people of color, why would it be far fetched that the Christ could also be a person of color?

The four rivers of Eden flowed somewhere near the African country of Ethiopia and Western Asia, Syria, and would mean Adam and Eve were likely void of blonde hair or blue eyes.

Sometime later, I studied world religion: Hindu, Buddhist, IFA, and Voodoo.

Under the Christian umbrella I studied: Catholicism, Protestant, Lutheran and Seven Day Adventist, yet the most interesting were Christianity and Voodoo; in part because my ancestors practiced Voodoo before colonizers forced them into Christianity.

During the transatlantic slave trade, the slave owners forbid the African slaves from practicing their native religion and language.

To preserve the religion, the slaves coordinated with Catholicism, combining intercessory spirits they could utilize without fear of punishment.

As a young girl from the Bible Belt, I never cared what color the Son of God may have been. Yet, the heavy circulation of Anglo-Saxon portraits indicated the consensus believed Christ to be a person of non-color.

I guess it was never a possibility a man so great could be anything other than European.

In my opinion, there’s something ungodly about anyone who insists that Christ is Caucasian without the possibility of being another race.

The bible commands we not make an image or likeness of anything in heaven, so why is it necessary we assign a complexion to the Son of God?

What difference would it make if he didn’t look the way we anticipated? Would you still worship him?

If you discovered Christ was another race, would you have a change of heart?

If so, your faith is contingent, and what I consider idolatry.

Are you a worshipper because you think he looks like you? Or do you worship because you love him?

Let’s put the theory to practice by placing a portrait of a hispanic, asian or black Jesus in a predominant white church.

What do you think the reaction would be?

Would the members continue worshiping, or would they protest, refusing to associate their God with someone outside of the color line.

A man walked the earth several millenniums ago who professed to be the Son of God.

Why didn’t they believe he was indeed the Christ?

They beat, tortured, and crucified a man and freed a noted murderer- criminal instead.

What was it about his appearance that caused them to doubt he was truly the Christ?

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