Jesus is the Christ of Christmas

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Christmas celebrates the most important event for humanity, the birth of Jesus Christ. Here’s a look at the holiday’s true origins and what we must never forget.

Christmas: What’s in a word?

Christ is not Jesus’ last name but a title meaning the Messiah.

The word Christmas joins the name “Christ” and the word “mass,” literally meaning Christ’s Mass. Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning anointed. Christ is the Messiah, the anointed son of God.

Mass refers to a Christian Eucharistic liturgical service, as practiced by the Catholic Church and some other denominations.

What Christmas isn’t about

Like practically every holiday, Christmas suffers from commercialization that obscures its true origins and intent. Easter, another Christian holiday, has suffered the same fate.

Sadly, the world’s influence on Christmas has replaced the figure of primary importance – Jesus Christ – with mythical figures such as Santa Claus, flying reindeer, elves, Frosty the Snowman, a Grinch, and more. Materialism has also put an over-emphasis on gift-giving, something which originally reflected the gifts given to the baby Jesus by the Magi.

What Christmas is really about

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

–Isaiah 9:6

The celebration of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is observed on December 25 as a religious holiday for Christians and simultaneously as a cultural celebration for the secular world.

Christmas celebrates the most important event for humanity, the birth of Jesus Christ, which began an undertaking that would culminate in his death – freeing humankind from the penalty of sin for all eternity.

The reason Christ was born

When we celebrate Christmas, we must never forget why and avoid getting caught up in the commercial and material hoopla that surrounds the way the world observes this day.

Christians need to give a prayer of thanks to God for sending his son into the world to live and die for the salvation of human beings.

In probably the most popular verse of the Bible, we are told:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

– John 3:16

The reason for Jesus’ life and death and their significance is summarized in the above verse.

All of us need to remember this.

“As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;.”

– Romans 3:10

Simply put, not a single human being is without sin. Under God’s law, the penalty is death. Without Christ’s sacrifice, we were dead in our sins.

The true gift of Christmas

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

–Ephesians 2:4-5

The true gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ, the one and only Messiah given to us by the mercy of God. Christ who gave his life for our salvation, giving us the gift of eternal life.