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Q:

Is New Year's Day a religious holiday, like Christmas or Easter? I don't recall anything about it in the Bible, but maybe I missed it.


A:

Christmas and Easter celebrate the two most important events in human history: the coming of Jesus Christ into the world, and His death and resurrection from the dead. Both remind us of God’s love for us, and both remind us as well of what it cost Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.

New Year’s Day, on the other hand, simply marks the beginning of another year on our calendar; it doesn’t commemorate any specific event in the Bible. However, in the Old Testament God’s people did celebrate the beginning of what they saw as a new year (although not on Jan. 1). For them it was a day of joy and thanksgiving to God for His goodness. The Bible says, “It is a day for you to sound the trumpets” (Numbers 29:1).

Does this mean we should ignore the beginning of another year, or treat it as if it were just another day? No, we shouldn’t. We should take time instead to pause and look back, thanking God for His blessings to us. The Bible reminds us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17).

But we should also take time at the beginning of the year to look forward, and to commit our lives into God’s hands. Only God knows what the new year will bring—but when we know Christ we can face the future with confidence, because we know we belong to Him. Commit this coming year—and your whole life—to Jesus Christ. You can depend on God’s promise: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

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10 Comments

  1. David Woods says:

    Thank you Rev Graham & team , I’ve being watching you since I was a little boy. I love the Lord and know Jesus Christ is His Son and sets at His right hand. I do struggle every day to avoid sin and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me. Thanks for your message and please pray for me and some direction

  2. Erna Muenz says:

    I know God loves me and He gave His life for me!! I am so thankful!!!!

  3. Judy O'Malley says:

    Thank you God bless you

  4. christine says:

    Thanks be to the Lord for every new beginning!

  5. Dorothy Norris says:

    Thank God for BGEA ! So many have repented, believed, and received Jesus ! He is my LORD!

  6. Réjean Basque says:

    In fact the beginning of a new year should be at the same day we celebrate Christ’s birth. We are in 2017 because 2017 yers ago a savior is born….

  7. Eleanor Palmer says:

    The messages are so encouraging and timing perfect. I praise the Lord for Billy Graham

  8. Danny Wilder says:

    Praise the Lord this year new year and forever more!

  9. Jean-Paul Tingityabo says:

    I Praise God for this Ministry opportunity and want to connect with to streghten my work in the Lord’s Kingdom