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fishnpreacher 12-17-17 11:21 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
 
The French say "Joyeux Noel"
In Spanish, its "Feliz Navidad"
In Italy they say "Buon Natale"
In Dutch speaking countries you'll hear "Zalig Kerstfeest"
To make a German smile, you could say "Fröhliche Weihnachten"
To our Japanese friends, we say "Merii Kurisumasu"
And if you are Russian, to you we say "Hristos Razdajetsja" (С Рождеством)
To the rest of you, "Merry Christmas!"

But are you aware of what you are really saying? I believe the intent of our words are for the recipients to have a joyful, happy season celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, of Jesus the Messiah. We wish for others to have joy in remembering "the reason for the season." But what are we really saying?

The word "Merry" is simple enough. To be merry is to experience joy and happiness. It conjures up the ideas of parties and frivolities, it is a feel good word. In and of itself, it is great.

The word "Christmas" is actually a compound word, "Christ" and "mas" or Mass. The word Christ is actually more of a definition than a name. Lord is a title, Jesus is His name, and Christ defines who He really is. Its like calling someone Dr. James Smith, M.D. Dr. is his title, James Smith is his name, and M.D. defines who he is.

To focus on the defined word "Christ", we call Him Messiah, or the Anointed One. To believers around the world, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the one sent from God to save His people from their sin.

Now here is where it gets a little confusing. "Mas" comes to us courtesy of the Roman Catholic Church. Mas, or mass, refers to death, not birth! So, to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" is to say "Have a joyous or happy death of Christ!" What a tragedy! The death of Christ was a tragic event, not a joyful one. Or was it?

In the book of Hebrews 12:2 we read this: "Jesus….who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and is now seated at the right hand of GOD the father.” So there IS joy in the death of Jesus Christ. As tragic and as brutal as His death was, it has brought joy to millions!

This year, as you wish others a “Merry Christmas,” remember the death of Christ. For without the death, His birth would be meaningless. His birth is cause to celebrate, “for unto you a child is born, unto us a son is given!” And you will call him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins! MERRY CHRISTMAS, and GOD bless each and every one of you! Bill

Swamp Angel 12-25-17 09:30 AM

BUMP
 
Good morning and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Our good friend, fishnpreacher, has it all down for us. Many people will point and say that Jesus was born closer to April or May, but the point is that billions of people throughout this world take time today to celebrate the birth of a promised child who would redeem mankind to our God. What a great day it is to wake up and remember this.

There may be no snow on the ground here in north Georgia this year for Christmas, and it may be a wee bit chilly for some of us to go out and try that new fly rod today, but it is a wonderful day to celebrate and to spend time with family.

May each of you enjoy all the blessings of this time of year. Certainly each of us have been bountifully blessed this year.

terry creech 12-25-17 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fishnpreacher (Post 889440)
The French say "Joyeux Noel"
In Spanish, its "Feliz Navidad"
In Italy they say "Buon Natale"
In Dutch speaking countries you'll hear "Zalig Kerstfeest"
To make a German smile, you could say "Fröhliche Weihnachten"
To our Japanese friends, we say "Merii Kurisumasu"
And if you are Russian, to you we say "Hristos Razdajetsja" (С Рождеством)
To the rest of you, "Merry Christmas!"

But are you aware of what you are really saying? I believe the intent of our words are for the recipients to have a joyful, happy season celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, of Jesus the Messiah. We wish for others to have joy in remembering "the reason for the season." But what are we really saying?

The word "Merry" is simple enough. To be merry is to experience joy and happiness. It conjures up the ideas of parties and frivolities, it is a feel good word. In and of itself, it is great.

The word "Christmas" is actually a compound word, "Christ" and "mas" or Mass. The word Christ is actually more of a definition than a name. Lord is a title, Jesus is His name, and Christ defines who He really is. Its like calling someone Dr. James Smith, M.D. Dr. is his title, James Smith is his name, and M.D. defines who he is.

To focus on the defined word "Christ", we call Him Messiah, or the Anointed One. To believers around the world, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the one sent from God to save His people from their sin.

Now here is where it gets a little confusing. "Mas" comes to us courtesy of the Roman Catholic Church. Mas, or mass, refers to death, not birth! So, to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" is to say "Have a joyous or happy death of Christ!" What a tragedy! The death of Christ was a tragic event, not a joyful one. Or was it?

In the book of Hebrews 12:2 we read this: "Jesus….who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and is now seated at the right hand of GOD the father.” So there IS joy in the death of Jesus Christ. As tragic and as brutal as His death was, it has brought joy to millions!

This year, as you wish others a “Merry Christmas,” remember the death of Christ. For without the death, His birth would be meaningless. His birth is cause to celebrate, “for unto you a child is born, unto us a son is given!” And you will call him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins! MERRY CHRISTMAS, and GOD bless each and every one of you! Bill

Thanks Bill!

RScott 12-25-17 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Swamp Angel (Post 889714)
....and it may be a wee bit chilly for some of us to go out and try that new fly rod today.......

I don't think I have ever seen anything as offensive and stupid, anyone that got a new fly rod today will be out and trying it, shame on you Swampy!

Swamp Angel 12-25-17 11:51 PM

I guess I spent too much time in the swamps this past summer and have yet to re-acclimate to this arctic tundra here near Atlanta. :blush:


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