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“You observe days…” #1265

9 “But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.” (Galatians 4:9–11, NKJV)

Christians do not have the right to establish and observe holy days, months, seasons and years. Such things had a place in the Law of Moses which God gave Israel. However, that law’s binding authority was dismissed by God, being nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14-17). Holidays that religiously celebrate people and events, like the birth and resurrection of Jesus (Christmas and Easter), had their genesis in the wisdom and will of men, hundreds of years after the New Testament period. By what authority are such days observed religiously? By whose authority do they exist – heaven’s, or men’s (Matthew 21:25)? Should we believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, and that Jesus was resurrected? Absolutely. But, where does the Bible teach us to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a holiday called Christmas? You will not find in the Bible. You will find it in Catholic Church tradition. That is the authority being followed in such celebrations. Let us follow the Bible, not the religious traditions that began with men. Otherwise, we “turn again to the weak and beggarly elements” of religion that men invented (Galatians 4:8).

The Resurrection of Jesus and Easter #1047

Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,” (Luke 24:5–6, NKJV)

The resurrection of Jesus is the keystone of the gospel; without it, Christians have no faith, no forgiveness, and no hope (1 Cor. 15:17-19). Yes, He is risen! At the same time, one must admit the New Testament does not speak of, describe or command an “Easter” celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. No churches in the Bible had Easter services. There is no Easter holiday found there. The religious holiday called Easter developed as men moved away from following the apostles’ teaching, and added their traditions and decrees to the Scriptures. The Council of Nicea (325 AD), called by Emperor Constantine, decreed celebrating the resurrection of Christ (the “Christian Passover”) should be on a Sunday; it was the 7th century before the Catholic Church decreed rules assigning its annual date. Yet, all the while, God’s word continued to say nothing about such a religious holiday. God’s word does, however, say that God does not accept the traditions of men as true worship (Matt. 15:7-9; Col. 2:20-23). Christians honor Christ’s resurrection weekly, by our worship on the Lord’s Day – the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10).