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November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

 “Christ” in Christmas 

  Text:  Matthew 1:1  “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

     The term “Christ” is used about 559 times in the New Testament.  The Old Testament equivalent is “Messiah”, or as it’s quoted in the New Testament “Messias”, which is just a Greek pronounciation.

The term “anointed” in the Old Testament many times is from the Hebrew word Messiah.

The term anointed, Messiah, Christ etc. means to smear or put oil upon.

Priests were anointed.  Believers are anointed.  But there is only 1 Christ, the jewish Messiah.

     When someone says “Christmas”, they are literally saying “anointed dismissal” (Mass means dismissal), since mass refers to the last word of the catholic eucharist.   It could also mean “anointed eucharist” which celebrates the death of Christ, or alternatively “Christ Feast”, as in the Jewish and Christian Messiah.   

      The term Christmas was first used in 1038.  Before that it was called “Nativity” (birth) in Anglo Saxon and Latin.  Noel comes from the Old French which also means nativity, and entered English about the late 1300’s.  “Yule” was what was called December and January in Old English, and it too came to represent Christmas.

We have no idea if Jesus was born on December 25th.  The earliest records for this date are in the 300’s AD.  There is evidence both for and against it.  March 25th would have been the 14th Nisan, the Jewish Passover, the discussion goes.  So if Mary was impregnated then, 9 months later would have been December 25th.  Some say this was a pagan holiday Christianized by some Christians in the 300’s.

Christ in the Bible represents when God became a man, when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Christ is also the root word for Christian, which was first used in Antioch in Acts 11:26, which means a disciple or follower of Christ.

Christ is also a designation of the “Lord Jesus”, and is sometimes used by itself to refer to Jesus.

When you say Lord Jesus Christ, you are calling Jesus God and the Messiah who is the Saviour.  Very powerful indeed!  He is referred to 81 times in the Bible by that designation.

Ephesians 2:13 reads “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

The Jewish Messiah was supposed to be a suffering Messiah (Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53) as well as a conquering Messiah.  Some ancient rabbinical texts said there would actually be 2 messiahs:  A son of Joseph who would suffer, and a son of David who would then conquer.  Messiah was also supposed to be God.

Though Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies of the Messiah, the Jews by and large completely missed Him.   Most Jews are still waiting for a Messiah.

Let’s see what the Bible says are a few things that Christ did, does, and will do.

  • 1 John 1:7 – “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” The blood of Jesus continually cleanses us! 
  • Revelation 1:5 reads “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”  He washed us at salvation with His blood!  We stay washed by walking in the light.
  • 1 Peter 1:19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”  Jesus was sinless blood!
  •  Why was it sinless?  Because it was God’s blood Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
  • Christ was God!  2 Corinthians 5:19 says “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
  • If we are in Christ, we are new creatures!  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
  • We are baptized into the body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
  • Ephesians 2:6 We sit together in heavenly places in Christ!  “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4 Christ has a glorious gospel.  It reads “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
  • And we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ.  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

If Christ is our Saviour, and we’re washed in His blood, filled with His Spirit, take on His Name, live by Him, have hope by Him, put into His body, sit in heavenly places with Him – We need to leave Christ in Christmas!!  It’s all about Him anyway!! 

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