Today we celebrate Good Friday (black Friday in my book, Satan thought he had his victory) and the discussions erupt again about Pagan holidays, the chronology of events, blah, blah. And the atheists laugh at all the drawn swords over the keystone event for Christians. At this time when we remember the most crucial time in the history of man, and God’s work, so much separation and fighting seemingly undo the work of the Cross, the sacrifice for those sins, and His subsequent victory over Death Sunday morning. Thank goodness, it can’t be undone.
What’s the to do about? Suppose the RCC substituted a pagan holiday, does that make Jesus’ death and resurrection any less? By calling it Easter, did they move the pagan holiday to coincide with the day of Jesus’ resurrection? No. We live by under a Gregorian calendar now and the date of “Easter” moves with the Paschal moon, the pagan holiday stays the same date (what ever that was) so referring to Easter as a pagan holiday is wrong and divisive.
Then there is the 3 days dead discussion. I admit, I entered into the fray on that one, a knee jerk, don’t give me that line argument. But with study and review, discussion with Messianic Jews I found I was wrong. Yep, you heard right, I said I was wrong (note: Sue is smiling, giving the zipped mouth motion in the background). At that time in history, as in all things prophetic, the timing lined up and Jesus was in the tomb during two Sabbaths. But that was then. This week, the Passover was Monday evening. Sunday will still come, but the following of the custom would put the Christ in the grave for four days this year because Resurrection Sunday won’t change. Not a worthy fight to get into.
So, does having communion on Thursday dishonor the Christ? No. Does having a Good Friday service dishonor the Christ? No. Does calling Sunday morning Easter dishonor the Christ? No! I’m reminded of Romans 14
New International Version (NIV)
The Weak and the Strong
14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
All of us are subject to God, what ever our position of God is.
Prophesy was fulfilled perfectly, however we remember it will always be imperfect, but Jesus has our back. The truth is, Jesus died, was resurrected and comes soon to call His own home. Are you His own? We are all sinners, but we don’t have to die as sinners. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and now knocks at your door. Let Him in, accept His gift to you.