It is scary how so many professed Christians think God’s Holy Week is from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday—with a Good Friday thrown in there. That week is not holy to God, because He never establishes any week that consists of a Good Friday and an Easter Sunday.
The week that begins with God’s beloved Son entering Jerusalem—riding on a donkey—is indeed a holy week, even though the palm branches do NOT symbolize victory, or peace, or love. Ironically, those palm branches symbolize Jewish nationalism—a desire for political freedom. The only problem with desiring this political freedom at that time is that Christ does not come as the Jewish people’s long-awaited King who is to deliver them from the Romans. Christ comes as the Lamb who takes away the sins of the entire world—the sins of Hebrews and Gentiles.
Now the biblical truth is that it is Palm Sunday to First Fruits that creates the holy week. This week is holy because of the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits or Resurrection Day. These holidays or feast days and the holy convocations or Holy Days are God’s appointed feasts and Holy Days He says have to be observed forever.
God’s appointed feast days are the reasons why, for the Jewish people, there are no such days as a Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In fact, neither Good Friday nor Easter Sunday is found in the Scriptures. Emperor Constantine and his bishops are the creators of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday holidays. Erasing the Jewish feast days and customs off the Church calendar is the main reason for these man-made holidays.
God’s true Holy Week goes like this: The Lord enters Jerusalem on the day that we call Palm Sunday, dies as the sacrificial Lamb on Passover, and is in the grave the first three days and three nights of the Unleavened Bread Feast. He arises on Feast of First Fruits, which is the first day of the week, after the regular weekly Sabbath. Shalom.
“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. But you shall present a food offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.” ~ Lev. 23:5-8
Keep it real…Live it out…Watch it work!
~ a devotion from my book – Keeping It Real: Daily Renewing the Mind
NOTE: The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of Nissan 15-22. Passover 2016 actually begins at sunset on Nissan 14. Gentiles’ coinciding secular dates for Passover Week (Holy Week) 2016 are as follows:
Passover Week or Holy Week actually has three sacred Feasts in it: Passover day (when Christ was crucified), days of Unleavened Bread (the first day is when Christ was buried), and the day of First Fruits (or Resurrection Sunday, when Christ arose).
[All I can do is share the truth with people who say they are believers in Christ. The rest is up to them—that is—whether or not they want to believe the truth and act accordingly. Selah!]