Once my dad, Apostle Fred Price, taught on the difference between faith and belief. That message was exciting because most people use the terms interchangeably. I remember him teaching while in Portugal, a woman flew down from Scandinavia to hear his message for that very reason. In her country, faith and belief had the same meaning.

Now, today, I have a message outlining the difference between Easter and Resurrection Day. Don’t we use them interchangeably? We should all know that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead sometime after the Sabbath, which ended at 6pm, Saturday evening, just as He said He would.

Matt 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

That is why His tomb was empty on the dawn of the first day of the week.

Matt 28:1-8: Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So, they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to bring His disciples word.

This we know:
  • 500 witnesses saw Jesus Christ after His Resurrection and spread the good news that He was risen.
  • Because of His Resurrection, Jesus Christ became the first fruits of Believers who fall asleep in Him.
  • We teach the Gospel of a Risen Savior.
Does this sound anything like what we experience as Easter? We haven’t heard anything about the Easter Bunny and chocolate eggs. That’s the pagan holiday, Easter. Our Lord and Savior’s Resurrection occurred during the celebration of the Passover that God established while the Israelites were still under Egyptian bondage. So, Resurrection finds its roots in Passover.

Easter and Passover can be misconstrued as the same when you read different versions of the Bible, but the scriptures bear out that the two are different from one another.

Easter became synonymous with the Resurrection, but it deals with rabbits, eggs and fertility, while the Resurrection deals specifically with Jesus Christ, rising from the dead. As dad once said, “If Christ did not rise, what then?”

The same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead is working in your life and my life today. This mighty power is at the heart of the work of Ever Increasing Faith Ministries. We are teaching the truths of Scripture to you and to hungry hearts all around the world. Our outreach is supported by friends like you who understand the importance of what we do and are willing to invest financially in making it possible for us to continue.

Your gift is a seed sown into fertile ground that is producing a wonderful harvest across the globe. As you celebrate Resurrection Sunday with your family, remember that it is the power of Our Heavenly Father which has been manifested in your life that gives you victory over the enemy. Rejoice in that victory and live in it not just on one special day, but throughout the year. We appreciate your help in the work that we do and we look forward to hearing from you very soon.

In the Service of the King,

Pastor Fred Price, Jr.

PS: We rejoice in your friendship and thank God for you. I remind you again that because of the Resurrection, death has no more power over you. Live in the victory of Christ over the grave and live in His power. I urge you to stand with us as we teach others about the Good News. Thank you in advance for your generous response. Remember, if Christ did not rise, what then?
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