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Is "holy week" really holy?

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For many this week is looked on as "holy" because of the events observed. But what makes anything "holy"?

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[Darris McNeely] Holy Week, Passion Week—these are terms that are used to describe the days leading up to the time of Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the traditions that people have regarding the key events of Christ's death and His resurrection, which is just a few days off here for us this year. What do they really mean? Is there anything in the Bible that talks about a "holy week" in that sense? Is that really what a Christian should be observing? Is that what God intended?

[Steve Myers] It's not. Those aren't biblical terms. Those are religious terms that you find in religion out in the world. But they're not biblical terms. The biblical terms for these times are Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. There are specific instructions that are given to us when it comes to those days. We need to prepare for the Passover. We need to prepare for the Days of Unleavened Bread. And the Bible is full of examples of how we do that. In fact, in 1 Corinthians Paul gives all kinds of instructions on the Passover and how to properly observe the Passover (1 Corinthians 11:17-33 1 Corinthians 11:17-33 [17] Now in this that I declare to you I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse. [18] For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. [19] For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. [20] When you come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. [21] For in eating every one takes before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. [22] What? have you not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise you the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. [23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: [24] And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. [25] After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me. [26] For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till he come. [27] Why whoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. [29] For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. [30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. [31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. [32] But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. [33] Why, my brothers, when you come together to eat, tarry one for another.
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). And then later in 2 Corinthians chapter 13, he tells us about this time of the year in verse 5 to, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed you are disqualified?" (2 Corithians 13:5) So this is a time of examination.

[Darris McNeely] What is really holy is not the days, or not the week and certainly not us. What is holy is Christ, His life, His perfect sacrifice and also His life within us. And what Paul is talking about there in 2 Corinthians 11 (2 Corinthians 13:5 2 Corinthians 13:5Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?
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and 1 Corinthians 11:28 1 Corinthians 11:28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
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) is an admonition to a believer to examine themselves as to whether Christ's life is within us. And that's the only hope of being holy that any of us can ever have. And that becomes quite a struggle. That becomes quite a challenge, but it's important for one who is certainly wanting to live by every word of God to do and using this time wisely at this period of year.

[Steve Myers] And that's a challenge for us—to examine ourselves. That's a word that was used when they looked at gems or coins to tell if they were counterfeit or if they were real. And so, are we real? Are we really devoted to God? Are we really devoted to Jesus Christ? Have we done that and are we going to rededicate ourselves to more fully allow Him to live in us. That's the question at this time of the year.

[Darris McNeely] The reality is observing this time of year according to the biblical days and that is the Passover and that is the Days of Unleavened Bread. That's what's important.

[Steve Myers] That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.