For the year 2020, most of Christendom has set Easter for April 12th, and Jehovah’s Witnesses have set The Memorial of Christ’s Death for April 7th. These dates are rigidly set and observed, and carry a very huge importance for these groups. Please see and very carefully read the article: “What Is Memorial Day for Christians?” on this blog site to get further details regarding the proper Biblical Celebration of The Lord’s Supper.
Easter, which is neither mentioned nor commanded in the Bible, is supposed to be the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, but is partially based on pagan springtime fertility rites. Christians “must no longer live as the Gentiles do” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV), and not incorporate their practices into their celebrations.
While the Memorial of Christ’s Death is mentioned under the name of the Lord’s Supper in the Bible (1 Corinthians 11:20), the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate it is somewhat contrary to the Biblical model. How? First, they limit the partakers to just a few thousand out of their more than seven million members on earth, with the rest relegated to being merely observers. The Bible, on the other hand, says that “we all share one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:16,17 NIV). Second, the meticulous way the JW’s calculate the date, and prescribe in minute detail how the celebration is to be performed, are not found in the Bible. In this regard, “their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15:9 NIV; Mark 7:7 NIV). While it is true that the JW’s draw some of these meticulous details from the passover celebration of the Old Covenant, Biblically it is clear that Christians who are under the New Covenant are not bound by that Law, but “but have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code” (Romans 7:6 NIV).
The Coronavirus Pandemic, with social distancing orders in place in the United States through April 30th, and many other countries similarly, throws a huge “monkey wrench” into these two celebrations coming up in the next two weeks. If the Biblical Celebration of The Lord’s Supper were celebrated at various times throughout the year, as it should be, the absence of its being celebrated this Spring presents no problem. However, when Christian groups unscripturally prescribe one huge annual springtime celebration, they have painted themselves into a corner, so to speak. This is evidence that their celebrations are not exactly in harmony with the Bible, but they have instead gone “beyond what is written in the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 4:6 GWT).