KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Is commemoration of Holy Week Biblical? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 April 2014 13:29



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me’…” (Amos 5:21, the Holy Bible).

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IS THE YEARLY COMMEMORATION OF HOLY WEEK BIBLICAL? Now that millions and millions of Filipinos—and other believers from all over the world—are commemorating Holy Week for 2014, there is a question that must be answered by them and their spiritual leaders in connection with this yearly event: is this Biblical? I will not say, “it is”, or “it is not”. I will let the Bible answer this question by its own verses.

For today’s column, I will quote Hebrews 10:1-18 of the Bible, while I will quote another part of the Bible in the next issue, so this matter is addressed by the one, single, authority on spiritual matters—the Bible. Here is Hebrews 10:1-18: “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves.

“For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.  Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

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DOING THE WILL OF GOD IS THE BETTER COMMEMORATION: “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’

“First he said, `Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, `Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second.

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

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WHEN GOD FORGIVES SIN, HE DOES NOT REMEMBER THE SIN ANY LONGER: “But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

“The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: `This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’ Then he adds: `Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary…”

The message is clear: yearly sacrifices or rituals for penitence can not cleanse those do them of their sins; that these annual events only serve as a yearly reminder of the unforgiven sin of men; that the only sacrifice necessary for sin to be forgiven is the sacrifice of Jesus, our God and Savior; that, therefore, what man must do so his sins can be forgiven is to believe in Jesus.

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