My Thoughts On The Celebration Of Religious Holidays

Americans love to celebrate holidays.  Merchants love this, as it usually increases their sales.  Religious folk love holidays.  It is often the only time they attend worship services (except weddings, funerals, etc..).  And that is the subject of this blog.  There are a lot of different holidays.  The main ones for those who consider themselves Christians, (which is still the largest group in the USA), are Christmas and Easter.  Often special religious observances are observed for each of these, such as the “sunrise service” at Easter.  People come to these services that rarely darken the door of a church building otherwise. 

All of this is interesting since the words, Christmas and Easter are not even found in the Bible (Easter is found once in the KJV where it is merely a mistranslation , pascha, which is the Aramaic word for the Jewish Passover.    There is no record of Christians in the New Testament celebrating special days for any event.  In fact, Paul discouraged them from doing so (Gal. 4:8-11; Col. 2:16-17).

Certainly the birth and death, burial and resurrection are both vitally important to Christians.  But we do not even know when Jesus was born.  If God wanted us to celebrate the birth day of Jesus, would He not have told us when and how?  The First Century Christians celebrated Jesus death by observing it in the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-27; Acts 20:7). 

Seems to me that, if Christians truly love the Lord and appreciate His birth and death, burial and resurrection, they would remember them everyday, and commemorate them weekly in the Lord’s Supper as God commands, not just once a year!

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