Babymakers is having a contest. She has posed a question about why we do what we do. Why, she asks, do we celebrate Christmas and Easter and not the feasts of the Old Testament?
That has actually been a topic of conversation in our home of late, as Chance reasons through things in his own mind, forming his own convictions. So, I thought I would answer for our family.
The feasts pointed to the coming of the Messiah, we do not celebrate them because He has come. The time of preparation has passed, that is no longer where our focus lies.
Instead, we celebrate Christmas. The birth of our Messiah, the fulfillment of prophesy. And I'm not convinced that Christmas is a pagan holiday, or that Jesus couldn't have been born on Dec. 25. Peter Hammond has some thoughts on that, and as for me, the jury's still out. But whatever the roots, Christmas is known as a decidedly Christian holiday now. There are school districts that have tried to ban using red and green in Christmas parties, stores that only allow their employees to say Happy Holidays, "holiday" trees, "winter" break. I don't hear anyone calling for a return to Christmas' true pagan roots, everyone seems to understand that Christmas is...Christian. It seems to me the pagans are trying to wrest Christmas from us, and I for one refuse to give it to them.
And we celebrate Easter, well, we celebrate Resurrection Day. No bunnies or eggs, but rather joy and thanksgiving over the fact that He IS Risen! Christ has defeated death. Is there anything better to celebrate?
As the feast days were times for the Jewish to remember the promises of God, to look to the coming of the Messiah, the holidays of Christmas and Resurrection Day are times for the Christian to focus on the fulfillment of prophesy, on the glorious gift of the birth and resurrection of our Savior.
ht to Carmon for the Peter Hammond link