I am a Christian, but I've always wondered why we don't celebrate the Jewish holidays? Jesus did.?

I thought we were supposed to be like Jesus and if Jesus celebrated the Jewish holidays, why don't we? I mean if it was good enough for Him, why aren't we doing it too? Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I've always wondered.

32 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Good question. Maybe because the Christian holidays that are celebrated are about Jesus being the son of God like Easter(the resurrection). I guess if you want to you can celebrate the Jewish holidays but let me warn you, they are not very fun(lol). Anyway, Happy Passover.

    In response to the moron who answered above. I am so tired of everyone saying the Jews killed Jesus. As a Jew I can accept the fact that they probably did. However, weren't the Jews supposed to kill Jesus? Wasn't it God's divine plan to have his son die for people's sins? If the Jew's did not kill him you would have no religion, and then you too would be freakin' JEWISH!!!!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, Jesus was a Jew, and did all the proper things a Jewish man in that era would do, including celebrating Jewish holidays.

    However, the Christian religion basically holds that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of the Jewish religion, and created a new world (and thereby created a new religion). The old rules no longer applied, because Jesus provided a whole new set of rules. That's why you don't have to follow all the rules in the Old Testament (which is what the Jews study, among many other works), but instead you're supposed to follow the New Testament.

    So nowadays, you, as a Christian, focus more on Christmas and Easter, and are not required to uphold the traditions of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

    But you can learn a lot about the roots of Christianity by studying Judaism, since the religions are very similar. So go ahead and celebrate Jewish holidays, and see what you can learn from it. Many Jewish holidays are really fun, and share a basic theme of "they tried to kill us, we won, yey, let's eat!"

  • 3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    There was a big drive in the early Church to get rid of anything associated with Judaism or Jewish practice.

    But if you think about it:

    if not for the events of Chanukah, there would never have been a Jesus;

    If not for the events of Passover, there would never have been a Jesus.

    The prophet Zechariah (chapter 14) tells us that in the messianic times, the leaders of the nations will come to Israel each year to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot with the Jews.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Jesus was Hebrew. Hebrew is an ethnic term. J Since, he thought himself the son of God, that would not make him Jewish which are followers of Judism ( a religion). Jud ism has itself evolved in the past 2 thousand years just has the world has. They don't believe him to be the Messiah but they do consider him a prophet . That makes it very hard for Christian to adhere to any classical Jewish holiday without denouncing Jesus as the Saviour.

  • 1 decade ago

    Good question! The Messianic Jews do celebrate some of the old holidays. Problem is that many of these holidays were pointers to greater theological truths that were fulfilled in the Messiah. For example, since you are a Christian you should know what the Passover ultimately is about. Jesus celebrated that real O.T. event and all that it entailed, but remember that He also transformed it by giving the deeper meaning: He is the Passover lamb. This is what we now celebrate as our Lords Supper. Celebrating the old feasts and festivals may not be wrong in principle, but it is a return to the symbolic and incomplete (the "not yet") expression of our religion, and in some cases (like the Day of Atonement ritualistic celebration) would be a devaluing of the fulfillment that we have in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think this is a stupid question.

    We are not required to celebrate the Jewish holidays - but it is a really cool thing to do.

    The cool thing about it is that Jesus is represented in each of the major Jewish Holidays. Especially in the Passover, but equally in all of them. And in Christ's millennial reign, we will still be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, which commemorates the time that the Israelites where in the wilderness.

    Study up on the Jewish Feasts, if there is a Messianic congregation in your area, give them a visit.

    Jews for Jesus has information on Christ in the Passover if you are interested go to their web site:


    I hope this helps answer your question

    Source(s): jewsforjesus.org
  • 1 decade ago

    It's not a stupid question. The majority of early Christians were not Jewish. They were Greeks and Romans who were not familiar with Jewish traditions. The first Jewish born Christians knew that the survival of Christianity depended on converting Gentiles, and not Jews. Insistence on following the Jewish traditions would have made that much harder.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are Christians who celebrate the various feasts that Jews observe. Most of them are known as Messianic Jews, although there are some Gentile churches that do as well.

    As to why the rest don't, it is a matter of tradition mostly. Paul teaches us this: "Therefore, let no one judge you in matters of food and drink or with respect to a festival, a new moon, or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the reality belongs to Christ." (Colossians 2:16-17)

    Those that do celebrate the feasts, shouldn't judge those that don't, and vice versa.

  • Jesus was a Jew. We don't celebrate Jewish holidays because we aren't Jews.

    That's what the book of Hebrews is about - why the traditions and Judaism doesn't apply to Christians.

    We are to be like Him in the way we treat people. I don't think it's wrong to celebrate Jewish holidays if you want, but we aren't bound to it.

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