Letter to the Editor: It’s time to reflect on Good Friday

This year, Good Friday will pass by like in all other years, except many of us will have had more time at home to reflect in different ways when our well-loved holidays arrive.
Letter to the Editor: It’s time to reflect on Good Friday

This year, Good Friday will pass by like in all other years, except many of us will have had more time at home to reflect in different ways when our well-loved holidays arrive.

What occurred to me this week was how the Church seems to pick days of the week, such as Good Friday or Easter Sunday, to mark certain events and then, at other times, such at on Christmas Day, they pick a date, December 25.

Logically they should be celebrating ‘Christmas Tuesday’ or some such day rather than a date.

Some have questioned why the Easter holiday has to move each year, causing havoc for many to arrange their work or education timetables each year. It moves because it is tied to a day, rather than a date, but why? The crucifixion took place on a date, according to the Bible, on the day of Passover, which is 14th Nisan in the Biblical calendar. This is the true date, which fell this year on April 7.

The churches may be very sincere in their commemoration, but they miss the actual date every year by tying it to a day of the week.

Also, there were two sabbaths, or rest days, on the week Jesus died — an annual sabbath, or high sabbath, which was the Passover sabbath, which can fall on any day of the week, and the normal weekly sabbath, that always was on a Saturday.

Friday is nowhere mentioned, only the “preparation day”, which could be for either sabbath.

A closer look reveals that Yeshua (Jesus) died on a Wednesday, not a Friday, just before the annual Passover sabbath, not the weekly Saturday sabbath, so Good Friday may not be such a good idea after all.

I would suggest sticking to 14th Nisan — after all, God doesn’t do moveable feasts. All Biblical festivals had set dates, which Jesus Himself kept at his Passover supper.

No need to tie it to a day. That only causes confusion, if not bordering on bringing truth into error.

Happy Passover, as ‘Easter’ is named after a pagan goddess. Better to keep her out of it.

Colin Nevin

Hilton Tel-Aviv

Israel

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