Mankind has an apparent desire to set aside days to honor prominent individuals and to commemorate momentous events. There is Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Washington and Lincoln’s birthday, Martin Luther King’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Yet, despite our penchant for the observance of special days, men have shown an amazing lack of interest in the day that God has set aside in honor of His beloved Son’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Some say, we have Easter for that celebration. Yes, once a year you will see loop-legged, so-called Christians dress up in their Easter frocks and attend church. Yet, most of these are there to celebrate the Easter bunny, and let their children hunt for Easter eggs, than they are to remember the Lord’s death. This is not how to remember the Lord’s death. Others will remember the Lord’s death every three to four months. This is also not how to remember the Lord’s death.
That there is a day especially set aside by Deity for the honor of the Lord is clear from John’s reference to a day which he designated “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10). This could be no other day than the first day of the week, for it was on that day that Christ was resurrected and His church was established, and it is upon that day that Christians are to assemble and remember Him by partaking of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7).
When people are more diligent about the observance of days which honor human beings and commemorate human events than they are about observing the Lord’s day, they clearly reveal that they have a higher regard for these human beings and events than they have for the Lord. Those who are of this disposition need to be reminded of the principle that our Lord enunciated in Matt. 10:37, “He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” The same principle is taught in Lk. 14:26, where Jesus said that a man must hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters in order to be His disciple (a Christian).
Where is the example for any celebration of the birthday of Moses, or the prophets, or apostles? Where is the example or command where we are to celebrate the Lord’s birthday? We have just ended another Christmas holiday, where so-called Christians celebrate what this world considers the Lord’s birthday. We see people ignorantly saying, “Happy birthday baby Jesus”. The 25th day of December is not the day Jesus was born. No one rightfully knows the day Jesus was born, because God did not desire us to honor that day. Jesus’ birth did not bring salvation to anyone; it was Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection that brought salvation to mankind. If Jesus had not died on the cross for our sins, then all of mankind would have perished. No one knows the day the Lord was born, but we do know the day the Lord arose from the dead. It was early Sunday morning, and this is the day of the week Christians are commanded to observe each Lord’s day by partaking of the Lord’s supper (Mk 16:1-7). Some people want to leave Jesus in the cradle, and some want to leave him on the cross; for all those who want to obey God, let them obey the gospel of Christ, and remember each Sunday that our Lord and Savior died, was buried, and arose from the dead (1 Cor 11:24-26). This is acceptable with God, and is in accordance to his Word!