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Old 12-17-17, 10:21 PM   #1
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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

Exodus 29:18
Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!
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