Do we need to observe Holy Days and Weeks as Christians? 1


Do we need to observe Holy Days and Weeks as Christians?

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Lent, Passion, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Ascension, Pentecost and Advent
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As a child growing up in Scotland, we became very aware of these types of Holy Days and Weeks from our schooling as most schools in those days had a weekly assembly, normally carried out by a local minister and when these periods arose, he would speak on them and what they meant. Now our family were by no means traditional Christians as such, so other than marking Easter and Christmas, these were not periods we’d observe however, I can’t help to look back on these events with some degree of warmth because in many ways, it was the only Jesus most of these kids would receive at that point in their lives. In that sense, it was always a good thing however, these are changed days so the question could be asked, should we observe these events as Christians?
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Firstly, for those of you who might not know, the below are various celebrations or marked periods which traditional Christian and Catholic Churches view as a remembrance and they practice these time periods in various ways depending on the denominational view. Some practice these observances and others don’t which can cause confusion for the Christian so, I hope this short article tonight, will give you a non-denominational and balanced view of this question.

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Lent – A period of 40 days before Easter – A time of fasting, prayer, repentance of sin and almsgiving.
Passion – A 7 day period on the run up to Christ’s crucifixion remembering the last supper and his trial.
Good Friday – Commemorating the crucifixion of Christ.
Easter Sunday – Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ascension Thursday – 40th day of Easter – Marking the day Christ Ascended to the Heavens.
Pentecost – 50 days after Easter when the Holy Spirit fell on the early Church.
Advent – A period of 4 weeks before the festive season – Commemorating his first coming and a focus on his second.
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So should we observe these days as Christians? The best way for me to explain the answer would be to use the writings of Paul in Romans Chapter 14 where he answers this fully. (Romans 14) “….him who is weak in the faith receive but not to doubtful disputations. For one believes that he may eat all things another who is weak, eats herbs. Let not him that eats despise him that eats not, and let not him him which eats not, judge him that eats, for God has received him…”. In this passage of scripture, Paul was explaining that we are all at different stages of our Christian walks and we can all hold beliefs which are not necessarily evil but might case conflict in the assembly, So Paul’s encouragement was for each, to have a mutual respect for one another so that love would be the chiefest view of the church.
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This passage answers our question about holy days and weeks to the fullest, in that some will believe we should observe these traditional days and there are others who wont however, Paul wished for the brethren not to have conflict about these questions but rather respect each other on these more unimportant beliefs. So, the answer is really up to the individual, these events might not be something I necessarily feel we should follow after however, there are those who feel they should, I shouldn’t judge those who mark these events and others shouldn’t judge me for not marking these events. I hope you see from the above article and more importantly God’s Word, just how important it is that we put the love of the brethren, in a far higher importance when it comes to these type of questions.
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My personal view – As you can see, these time periods centre mostly around the Easter remembrance of the sacrifice of our Lord and each event has a different subject in view. At first, these events appear to be well thought and well meaning remembrances however, when you take a closer look through the eyes of the New Testament, it becomes clear to see, that these thoughts should really be part of our ongoing daily walk, rather than a date to practice and remember. For example, Lent centres around a time of preparation with prayer, fasting and repentance however, when we examine each of these three practices, we find that these are indeed encouraged to be part of our daily walk with our Lord Jesus. Observing the Passion, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, again these remembrances are encapsulated in partaking in the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis – ‘as often as we meet’ – where we, as NT Christians, remember the broken body of Christ for our sins and the new agreement between God and man through his blood. 
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God bless
Pastor Steven Birnie
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.


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