Summary: Christ is the most important part of Christmas, but is being "X’ed" out by several things. Link included to formatted text version, handout, and PowerPoint Template.
X Marks the Spot
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Now it’s a ‘holiday tree’, ‘winter break’, and soon, we’ll all be dreaming of a white holiday!
The most important part of the word “Christmas” is where many are placing the “X” today. At least they are marking the most important part of the season…the very reason for it!
Because the Greek form of Christ, is “Christos”, and the first Greek letter in His name is the letter, “Chi,” (which looks like an “x,”), they say that early Christians would sometimes abbreviate the name in their writings with the “Chi” letter of the Greek Alphabet.
However since most people know nothing of the Greek alphabet - we need to keep the “Chi” or the “X” out, and Christ in!
The name of Christ is predominant throughout the Bible. He is the central theme from Genesis through Revelation. The name of Christ is a pre-eminent name in the N.T. (Col 1:18) “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
Peter tells us in (Acts 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Paul says in (Phil 2:10) “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”
(Phil 2:11) “And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Matthew says, in regard to His name, (Mat 1:21) “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
(Mat 1:23) “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
God says of His Son, Jesus Christ, (Mat 3:17) “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus says, concerning Himself, (John 4:25) “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.”
(John 4:26) “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”
Be careful not to replace Christ with:
I love presents, putting up a tree, lights, etc. But have we lost sight of the One marked with the X?
It seems that we must give greater presents to our friends than they gave us last year. What a mockery and a madness the shopping whirl has become.
It should be Christ the pre-eminent One at Christmas, not spending.
It should be Christ, not gifts, that get the attention.
It should be Christ, not pageantry, that is glamorized, and magnified.
I love programs, and we’ll have a couple this Sunday, and I used to do a huge one [Living Christmas Tree]. I’m not saying it cannot be done right, for it can…but it can easily become what we think of at Christmas, in the place of the X!
Man made lights and decorations should not receive the preeminence. There was THAT Light that was laying in a manger on that sacred night in Bethlehem.