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April 2, 2017, 3:26 PM

Pastor's Post - April 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

I find it rather ironic that the month of April has two special days in it. Two days that seem to represent two diametrically opposed ideas: April Fool's Day and Easter.

Have you ever wondered, "How did we ever come up with this day - April Fool's Day?" As I researched its origins, I found that no one really knows. There was a Roman festival called Hilaria held on March 25th. In 1539, on April 1st, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed." But, my favorite explanation came from Jospeh Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University.

Boskin revealed that April Fool's Day began under Constantine. A group of court jesters told the emperor that they could a better job running the empire. Constantaine was amused and allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for a day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and it became an annual event. The best part is Boskin had made the whole thing up as an April Fool's Joke!

While we may never know how this day came to be, I do know how fools came to be. The Devil deceived Adam and Eve into the foolishness of thinking they could become wise by defying God. Ever since then, fools abound the world over, and we all can be deceived by the Evil One, making fools of ourselves.

So, I guess if we honestly think about it, April Fool's Day and Easter actually go together. What a wonder that Jesus entered this land of fools taking the form of the fool upon Himself, and even the foolishness of the cross. He did it so we could stop playing the fool and become wise unto salvation through His death and resurrection!

 

Joyful in the Resurrection,

Pastor Matt

 


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