This time of year Christian circles are a buzz with one thing, “Should Christians celebrate Halloween?” This question seems to come from the uncertainty of what this holiday actually is and what it means to those who celebrate it. For some people it’s a dark and mysterious day filled with ancient pagan rituals. For others it’s just a day of harmless fun for the kids, playing dress up and trick-or-treating for candy.
The church as a whole remains divided on the issue. Some churches choose to celebrate fall or harvest, while some ignore this holiday altogether. Either way, there is a lot of passion on both sides over what is right or wrong in the eyes of God.
Since Halloween is a secular holiday, it is best to take it with a grain of salt and not lose sight of what really matters. When we find ourselves at odds as the body of Christ, the wise choice is always to turn to the Bible for guidance and understanding.
You are the light of the world. A city on the hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
The darkness of the world runs deep. And during this dark season it seems to surround us even more. But in the darkness there is a light.
Jesus was very clear…Christians are the light of the world! The city on the hill and a shining beacon of hope for an unsaved world. We stand above the fray pointing the way to Jesus. We are the reflection of a living Christ and His radiant light shines in us for all to see. It cannot be overshadowed or hidden from view. The light of Jesus should burn so bright in us that people can’t help but be amazed by it. But if we don’t let the light shine in the first place, how can they see the glory of the risen Savior?
The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.
Bright and shiny objects have a tendency to distract us from the goal of Jesus. When we see them, we don’t see Him and our body is “full of darkness”. But when we focus our “eye” on Jesus, then we can truly see what is important and be a “shining lamp” that dispels the darkness and leads to the path of salvation.
The world and Christians are opposites in every way, just as darkness and light are also opposites. In sharp contrast to the world’s darkness, we are the bright light that shines for the glory of God.
Whether you choose to celebrate Halloween this year or not, one thing is certain… we as Christians are called to be light in a dark world. May we fix our eyes on Jesus and let our light so shine before men.
I encourage you to seek the radiant light of Christ in your life. And to reflect His light to the rest of the world as the shining beacon of hope that you are. May God bless you this coming holiday season!
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Thank you for sharing! I’ve always struggled with this holiday. Your words are a bright light to reminds us to be the salt-seasoning of the world!
Hi Robin! Thank you for your kind words today. May God bless you this holiday season!
Recently, I was asked, “Why do you sing songs about the blood of Jesus in church?” Isn’t it a little bit macabre to sing about blood? I admit, this question jolted me out of my “Christian bubble”. It seems so normal to me. It’s something that I don’t even think about anymore.
Today, I’d like to look at some of the many Bible verses that shed light on the importance of Jesus’ blood. The first is from the Old Testament when people lived under the Law of Moses.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.
Leviticus 17: 11
So, why do we talk so much about the blood of Jesus, even celebrate it, and why is His blood so important to us?
Because, Blood equals Life!
In order to have salvation, God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives. It has the power to atone for our sin. If there is no blood, then there is no life. Just as it is true that without blood in our bodies we will die physically, the same is true, that without a blood sacrifice we will die spiritually.
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
Before Jesus came to save us from our sins, people were required to sacrifice animals to atone for their sin. But this redemption was only temporary and another sacrifice was required to stay within the grace of God. This is why Jesus was sent to be our sacrifice. He died once and saved us from our sin permanently.
This cup is a new covenant in My blood, which was shed for you.
When Jesus died on the cross a new covenant between God and people was formed. We no longer live under Old Testament law and we no longer need to sacrifice animals for our sins. Our salvation comes from the blood sacrifice of Jesus, because His blood has the power to save us eternally!
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Because Jesus is perfect, His sacrifice is also perfect. It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over again. It is His selfless sacrifice on the cross that gives us salvation of our sins and eternal life with Him. His blood is the only way to salvation. All you need to do to have this salvation is, to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for your sin and accept Him as your Savior. He has already done the rest!
If you are not a believer in Jesus yet, then I pray that you will understand His great love for you and the sacrifice He made for your sins on the cross. If you have questions concerning what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, please click on the “Accepting Jesus” tab at the top of the page. I hope that you will find the answers to your questions there. I also encourage you to talk to a minister at a church in your area. They will be happy to explain anything that I may have left out.
If you are saved, then I rejoice with you that your sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of our Savior, Jesus! I hope that you will be encouraged and uplifted today by a reminder of what Christ has done for you.