Xmas - Christmas

309 xmas christmas"Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, look to the apostle and high priest whom we confess, Jesus Christ" (Hebrews 3: 1). Most people take it for granted that Christmas has become an exuberant, commercial festival - with Jesus mostly being completely forgotten. Value is placed on food, wine, gifts and celebrations; but what is celebrated? As Christians, we should think about why God sent His Son to the earth.

Christmas embodies the love of God to the people, as we read in John 3: 16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God wants us to enjoy the decision He made to send His Son to this sinful world. It started with a child in a manger in a modest stable.

An interesting secularization of Christmas is the abbreviation that has become commonplace today - "Xmas". Christ has been taken out of the word "Christmas"! Some justify this by saying that X stands for the cross. If that is true, it remains unclear whether those who use the word understand the explanation.

We should make sure when we celebrate the birth of our Savior with friends and family, that we look to him, "We want to focus on Jesus, the Pathfinder and the Perfection of the Faith - because Jesus knew what joy was waiting for him He took the death on the cross and the shame associated with it and now sits on the throne in heaven on God's right side (Hebrews 12: 2).

When they open their gifts at Christmas, remember what the apostle James wrote in chapter 1: 17: "From above come only good gifts and only perfect gifts: they come from the creator of the stars, who does not change and with whom there is no change from light to darkness ". Jesus was the greatest Christmas present, not the Xmas (Christmas).

prayer

Thank you, great, wonderful Father, for sending your precious Son as an infant - one who would experience all the experiences that life brings. Help us Lord, that in this happy time, we look to Christ as the center. Amen.

by Irene Wilson


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