While the rest of the world is waking up this morning to celebrate Christ's resurrection, I am asking a question. Why do we need Holy Week to reflect on Christ's death and resurrection? I grew up in Texas. When I was a child on Easter morning, I would wake up to new clothes, shoes, and a hat. Later in the morning, my family and I would attend a traditional southern Easter service. The choir would sing a special Easter cantata, and the pastor would preach on the resurrection. After the service, we would have an Easter egg hunt for all the children. People, who gave no thought of Christ throughout the year, would pack the pews, wanting to punch their spiritual time clock in order to earn their way into heaven.
This week I reflected on why many professing evangelicals celebrate Holy Week. It wasn't always the case. In a distant past, evangelicals would have felt that such practice was catholic in conviction. Why is Easter so special? Don't we celebrate the resurrection of Christ every Sunday? Why did the early church assemble on the first day of the week? Was it because of their Lord's resurrection? Isn't every Lord's day an Easter celebration?
What do you believe about celebrating Holy Week? Do you find it helpful? Have you given it much thought as to why you observe these religious holidays? Is it conviction or just tradition? How do these religious holidays affect people's view of the Lord's day?