Christmas: The word is from an ancient Catholic term which means to mass around Christ, or to gather around Christ. Hence we have the word Christmas, “Christ-mass”. Although many of the common traditions of modern societies may be held in question as to whether their roots, and their acting out are in accordance with the true Christian faith, it is completely and obviously true that to gather around Christ is entirely the intention of the eternal God. For the Scripture testifies that only in Him (in Christ) is the promise of life, for as it is written: For in Him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28 KJV) Jacob, a patriarch of the Israelite’s, and of the the christ Christian-Judeo faith prophesied of this in Genesis 49:10, (KJV) The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloah come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Also the Apostle Paul speaking of the second coming of the Lord Jesus, and of how men ought to gather around Him said this. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not shaken in mind, or be troubled……..as that the day of Christ is at hand. (2 Thes. 2: 1-2 KJV)
In regards to the many traditions that surround the celebration of Christmas I will leave that issue at this point to every man’s study and conscience, but know this. Every man actions will be brought into judgment as to whether they are wrought in the truth, and the truth is that Christ is by the will of the eternal God to be held at the very center of everything. As it is written: And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Col. 3:17 KJV)
This article is meant as a personal expression of some of what the Christ of Christmas, (Jesus of Nazareth) has meant to me. Thereby implying that you also can find the same meaning and realities if you will seek Him. I do not think of myself as anything special. In fact, the longer I live, the more I am persuaded in my heart that I am exceedingly like what the Apostle Paul referred to himself as: “The least of the saints, and the greatest of sinners.” None the less, God has been good to me. He has opened the eyes of my understanding in very many ways to perceive the things freely given to us as children of God. May this communication be a blessing to you in that it may add to your faith and understanding, and at the same time be an agreement to the many things that you know that you possess as a Servant of Jesus. Amen!