While the world parties in drunken bliss, counting down the last seconds of the year, have you ever stopped and wondered why New Years Eve/Day is celebrated? Even if you & your loved ones are resolved to enjoying a more conservative transition into the new year, when was the last time you questioned why is it even in existence? As Christians, we know God reveals so many truths in His Holy Word (Bible) about what His Will is, and surprisingly New Years Day is no exception…
Is December 31-Jan. 1st the ending/beginning of the year for God?
Exodus 12:1-3,11 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house:….(11) And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover.”
Did you know God told us in His Word when He began the year for us, 10 days before Passover?? As a small note, Passover is one of God’s Holy Feast celebrations (Leviticus 23) to commemorate how He utilized the blood of an unblemished lamb to save the Israelites from God’s 1st born plague against the stubborn Pharaoh of Egypt. The literal Passover lamb was a forshadow of Jesus Christ being our final and spiritual Passover Lamb, covering us who believe in Him as Savior in his blood over the cross (lamb covering Israel’s door posts in Egypt). Jesus’ sacrifice saved us from the death of sin just as the lamb’s blood saved the Hebrews from the 1st born plague God sent over the Egyptians. We presently don’t need to sacrifice lambs in honor of Passover as Jesus was the “final sacrifice” for all sins (John 1:29, Hebrews 9:28). However, Jesus did instruct us to remember His Last Supper in honor of how He was to save us through His death & resurrection ( Mark 14:22-25, I Corinthians 11:24-26).
Therefore, God began His New Year when Passover was celebrated in the SPRING season, when nature blossoms anew! This is in complete contrast to Dec. 31st-Jan. 1st in the dead of WINTER! Hence, again, if God told us His year begins 10 days before Passover, where did traditional New Years Eve/Day come from & why are we (especially Christians) celebrating it?!
For more intense study (including historical evidence), I’d invite you to review this video and pray over what is being revealed to you. God loves us too much and sacrificed too much to keep us in the dark about things which are not pure in His sight. Freedom of Choice is a gift from God, however He always provides us wisdom & truth to base decisions on. Let’s be mindful of what we are indirectly celebrating and paying homage to. Why not spend some time meditating on this and resolve this year to live in God’s truth? You’ll be truly blessed as a result!