Most of my friends are shocked to know that I don’t celebrate Christmas. They automatically assume that since I’m a Christian, then I should observe this very popular celebration. Some of my friends would tell me how boring my life is because I don’t decorate my home with Christmas trees, balls, bells, and other items that are associated with this much-awaited holiday.
I am one of the few of the Christians in the world who don’t believe that we should take part in anything that has to do with pagan celebration such as Christmas. In all honesty, I strongly believe there is something that is FAR better than Christmas, and it is not just a one-day celebration! The Feast of Tabernacles is among God’s annual Feasts and it is absolutely better than Christmas.
In this post, let me share with you five reasons why the Feast of Tabernacles is better than Christmas.
Reason no. 1: God commanded that His people should celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles
When God introduced His annual Festivals to Israel, he said that these are the “feasts of the LORD” (Leviticus 23:2). He didn’t say that it was the feast of the Israelites or Moses. He made it clear that these are HIS Feasts.
While most people think that these Festivals are only meant for the Israelites, it was made clear in the Bible that the church of God is now the spiritual Israel (Galatians 3:7; 6:16). Therefore, by extension, we are also commanded by God to celebrate this beautiful Feast.
Reason no. 2: Yeshua/Jesus Christ celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles
Christ grew up keeping the Biblical Feasts of God (Luke 2:41-42), and there was no mention of Him celebrating His birthday. We don’t even find any commandment for us to celebrate Christ’s birthday. When Christ was nearing the end of His earthly ministry, His life was in danger because the leaders of the Jews sought to kill Him for his marvelous work.
Now here was Yeshua whose life was in danger and might even get killed if He keeps the feast of Tabernacles. Yet, we see Him keeping the feast and ready to put His life on the line (John 7:10). That’s how important the feast was for Him!
If we are true “Christians,” meaning followers of Christ, then we need to follow the teachings and examples of Yeshua. Isn’t it logical that instead of keeping Christmas, we keep the Feast of Tabernacles, the same Feast that Christ kept?
Reason no. 3: Genuine blessings come to those who keep the Feast of Tabernacles
God promised that Christians who keep the Feast of Tabernacles would receive His tremendous blessings. We read in Zechariah 14:16-17:
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain.”
While this passage is primarily is a prophetic message, we can be sure that the same thing applies to us all. If we keep the Feast now, God will send his rain, which signifies great blessings.
Reason no. 4: The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of great joy for all those who keep it
Unlike Christmas, the Feast of Tabernacles lasts for seven days, and on the eighth day, another significant Feast commences, which is the Last Great Day.
The Feast of Tabernacles pictures when Yeshua will finally return and all the suffering in this world will come to an end. Think about war, famine, pestilence, poverty, illnesses, and pain – all of them will be gone during the millennial reign of Christ.
During the Feast, friends and like-minded individuals are re-united who sometimes just see each other once a year. The Feast is also a great time to be with family – both spiritual and physical. Every day during the feast, we receive spiritual nourishment from the messages given by God’s servants. The Feast is often described by these three F’s: Fun, Food, and Fellowship.
During the Feast, you go to a place appointed by God. For more than a week, all you have to do is re-focus your mind on God and His spiritual family. NO more work to attend to. It is really a time of relaxation where you can just forget all your problems in your work and leave behind the worldly worries as you go to the Feast of Tabernacles.
It is tough to describe how awesome the Feast is. That’s why one should experience it personally to really know the wonderful time that the Feast of Tabernacles provides!
Reason no. 5: The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us about God’s plan for salvation
There are numerous lessons that we can learn by keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. These lessons include the realization that we are all “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13) and we are seeking a heavenly homeland (verse 14). The Feast also gives us a foretaste of what it would be like when Christ will finally establish His Kingdom here on earth and all things will be restored.
Of course, there are other lessons that you need to know about the Feast of Tabernacles, but this is another topic to be discussed later. But for now, please request your free copy of God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind. This booklet will give you better insights about the Feast of Tabernacles and other Feasts of God mentioned in Leviticus 23.
There are a lot to talk about the Feast of Tabernacles. Now that we are fast approaching this momentous time of the year, I hope that all the readers of this blog will reconsider why the Feast of Tabernacles is really better than anything Christmas can offer. There is no doubt; time will come when the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14) and at that time, everyone will be keeping the Feast of Tabernacles!