Christmas is all about Christ. Christmas has two syllables that will be defined in details below: “Christ” & “Mas”
“Christ” is divine, a spirit, the eternal one, the son of God and a supernatural God. On the other hand, “Mass” (s is doubled to properly bring out the meaning) according to science is both a property of a physical body and a measure of its resistance to acceleration (a change in its state of motion). Mass to the Roman Catholics means “Service”, “Worship”, “Go, it is sending”, “Dismissal” or “Benediction”.
The word “Christ” is found in the bible only in the New Testament and mentioned about 75 times. In the Old Testament the word “Lord” (upper case L) is referred to Christ while LORD (all upper case) is referred to God. Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:41-46, Acts 7:55.
Psalm 110:1, “The LORD said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Acts 7:55, “…and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.”
The word “Christmas” is not found in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament, but there are bible references that described how Christ operated both as a physical being and spiritual being. See the references below:
- Jesus Christ in form of man, proclaimed as God’s son. Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
- Jesus Christ is known as the second Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:45 & 47, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthly: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”
- Jesus Christ is known as the Son of God and son of man. Matthew 18:11, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Christmas did not exist until the fourth century. Some scholars believe that Christmas was a Pagan Festival that should not be celebrated by Christians. However, by God’s inspiration in me, I want you to know and understand that Christmas depicts the celebration of Christ as both the Son of God and son of man. Hence, “Christ” represents a divine part as the Son of God while “Mass” represent the mortal part of Christ as the son of man.
As we approach the Christmas season, let us celebrate the one and only Son of God, the son of man, the divine God, and the mediator between God and men. 1Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men (humans), the Man Christ Jesus.”
Celebrate Christ always and throughout the days of your lives, not just one day in a year.
Merry Christmas to everyone!!
Written by: Pastor Mrs. Dorcas Akinleyimu