3rd December 2016

Xmas is Christ taken out!

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”
Hebrews 3:1 (NIV)

There is an acceptance among most people that Christmas has become a commercial jamboree – omitting Jesus Christ altogether. The focus is on food, wine, gifts and celebration. Celebration of what? As Christians, we must remember why God sent his Son to this earth.

Christmas epitomises the love of God for humanity as we read in John 3:16, “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.” God wants us to rejoice over the decision he made in sending his Son to this sin-filled world. It began with a child in a manger in a lowly stable.

An interesting secularisation of ‘Christmas’ is the abbreviation that is common today – ‘Xmas’. Christ has been taken out of the word Christmas! Some justify this by saying the X stands for the cross – but if this is correct, do those who use the word understand that explanation?

Let us be sure that as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour with our friends and family we keep the focus on him: “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

As you open your gifts at Christmas, remember what the apostle James wrote in chapter 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Jesus was the greatest Christmas – not Xmas – gift of all!

Prayer
Thank you, great wonderful Father, for sending your precious Son as an infant – One who would experience all that this life brings. Help us, Lord, to keep Jesus at the centre of this joyous season.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:2015-01-24 Irene Wilson & Joy Barlow prepare brunch
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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