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Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible

In addition to the biblical Sabbath day, Jesus observed the biblical festivals recorded in the Old Testament; the Gospels do not show Him ever being accused of violating the Holy Day observances. John 7 records Him teaching at the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. All four Gospels record His actions leading up to and during His last Passover with His disciples the night before He was crucified.

The Church that He founded was started on the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). After His death and resurrection the apostles continued to keep these biblical feasts (Acts 18:21; 20:6; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 16:8).

Since Jesus, the apostles and the early Church observed these biblical festivals, why don’t churches today keep them and teach about them? Instead they have substituted other holidays for the Holy Days of the Bible.

If Jesus had wanted His Church to observe festivals different from those that He observed, shouldn’t He have left this instruction? He was clear and emphatic in His instructions to His disciples. It’s hard to imagine that Jesus would have set an example of observing the biblical Sabbath and festivals but later led or inspired His Church to dismiss them and replace them with alternate observances that originated in paganism.

Christmas and Easter are nowhere taught in the Bible, yet they have become the greatest holidays of popular Christianity. Likewise Sunday became the major day of worship instead of the seventh-day Sabbath. But why? And how? If you’d like to learn more about the true biblical festivals and how they were replaced with holidays that had nothing to do with Christianity or the Bible, request or download the free booklets Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We keep? And God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind www.GNmagazine.org/booklets.

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