IN MARCH

                In the month of March there are six religious days of significance (St Patrick’s Day, Eastern Orthodox Lent, Psalm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, and Passover). I don’t normally pay that much attention to such things; the New Testament says either little to nothing about anyone of them. St Patrick’s Day has its origin in the recognition of a man who lived not until the 5th century in Ireland. The idea of lent is associated with fasting, and this is associated with Easter. Initially, for a period of but a few days, then to a period of about 40 days some observed a fast. Evidence for Psalm Sunday does not come into existence until the 4th century after Christ, and is supposedly related to the Lord triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21). As a religious day of significance the New Testament knows nothing of it. Church history books say that observance of Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) goes back to the early days of Christianity; the New Testament, however, does not recognize it as a day of religious significance. With regard to Easter, the most significant religious day on a Christian calendar (even more so than Christmas), there is this interesting entry: “The derivation of the name ‘Easter’ is uncertain. [According] to Bede [a religious historian who lived into the 8th century after Christ], it is connected with an Anglo-Saxon spring goddess ‘Eostre’. At any rate it seems clear that, as in the case of Christmas…, the Christian feast of Easter has superseded an old pagan festival” (Dictionary of Christian Church, p. 522).

The point of this is not to disparage those who are observing religious significant holidays as much as it is to illustrate that New Testament Christians don’t need to follow any religious holiday unless sanctioned by the Lord himself or any  one of his apostles (cf. Romans 15:18). These six religious holidays in the month of March either have their origin in the Lord or they do not. If they do, then that day (or those days) are obligatory on the Christian today. If they do not have their origin in the New Testament, then why observe something that is later than Scripture—that which contains all the truth that Lord wants us to have (2 Peter 1:3; Jude 3)? RT

#easter, #good-friday, #lent