Luke 2:11, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”
People have different meanings as to what Christmas is all about or what it means to them. To some it is a time for family get together, to some it is a time to exchange gifts, sing Christmas carols etc. But what is Christmas? Christmas is a Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. When researching, I found that the word “Christmas” which is nowhere found in the Bible is an old English word that means “Christ’s Mass“. This refers to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, i.e. the Mass. The earliest occurrence of the word on record is 1038 A.D. Christians at this time considered the Mass (Lord’s Supper) to be the most important part of the celebration of Christ’s birth, hence it came to be called Christmas (there could be more to it). During this time, we hear songs about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year but the question is, is it about Christ?
Christ, born of a virgin, entering the earth through natural birth canal to be the Savior of the world. The birth of Christ was not an accident, it was prophesied way back in the old times by prophets like Isaiah who prophesied His coming 700 years earlier. It was clear a King would be born, and when the time was right, God made it happen. To be true to the Spirit of Christmas, it has to be more than just gifts, carols, and good times, it is about remembering the birth of the one God promised recorded in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life“. Christ was the greatest gift God could give to mankind, because of His love for mankind. In as much as we are the ones who need to give Him all the gifts, He has chosen to give us the best gift, and who could top that? The gifts we exchange come and go, they wear and tear, they break and get old but the gift we have, Christ Jesus, is the gift that never changes. He said in His word, “He is the same yesterday, today and forever more He changes not“. It is amazing how Christmas has been changed by so many and Christ who is the reason for the season is not recognized in it and many times left out. Some have labeled it X-Mass, well I was taught in my math class that “X” is a representation of the unknown number. If I am labeling Christmas as X-Mass, I am saying that I am celebrating what I do not know and how sad that is. So I will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ but not leave it there, I will also celebrate what He came to do for you and me.
There would be no Christmas if there was no mission that brought Christ to this earth over 2,000 years ago. For God to accomplish through His Son what He had purposed, He allowed Him to be born. Though a baby in a manger, the shepherds and the people who came to see Him bowed before Him recognizing His King and Lordship over all. Helpless in a manger, not knowing anything but still had power. Only Christ even in His infant stage was recognized as 100% God and 100% Man (God/Man).
Luke 2:11, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”. I thank God for Jesus, without Him coming, there would be no us. I thank Him, He came to identify with us and redeem us. As I remember Christmas, I want to remember how He was born, His mission to this earth and how I fit in that mission. When I celebrate my birthday, I do not so much reflect on my early life, I concentrate on my present life and trust God for a new year for I am growing year by year. For this reason, you may celebrate Jesus’ birthday and look at Him as that little baby in a manger, but let this serve as a reminder to us all, He is coming back soon, but not as a baby in a manger. He is coming back as the King of kings and the Lord or lords, riding on a white horse and we all need to be ready to meet Him. I celebrate Christmas knowing that the One who was born is soon coming back and that He is the reason for this season. Have a blessed Merry Christmas, Love Ev.
- Have The Right Key, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)