Xmas - Christmas
«Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, look at the apostle and high priest whom we confess, Jesus Christ» (Hebrews 3: 1). Most people accept that Christmas has become a boisterous, commercial festival - although Jesus is usually completely forgotten. Emphasis is placed on food, wine, gifts and celebrations; but what is celebrated? As Christians, we should think about why God sent His Son to earth.
Christmas embodies God's love for people, as we read in John 3:16. "For this is how God loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that everyone who believes in him is not lost, but has eternal 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 crib in a humble stable.
An interesting secularization of Christmas is the abbreviation that has become common with us today - «Xmas». Christ has been removed from the word "Christmas"! Some justify this by saying that X stands for the cross. If that is true, it remains open 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 at him: «We want to look at Jesus, the pioneer and the perfection of faith - because Jesus knew the joy that was waiting for him , he took on death on the cross and also the shame associated with it and he is now sitting on the throne in heaven on God's right side (Hebrews 12:2).
When you open your presents for Christmas, remember what the apostle James wrote in chapter 1:17: «Only good gifts and only perfect gifts come from above: They come from the creator of the stars, who does not change and with whom it is there is no change from light to darkness ». Jesus was the greatest Christmas present, not the Xmas (Christmas).
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