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Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey. ~ Zechariah 9:9, AMP
And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. ~ Luke 2:12, AMP
Where the Xmas abbreviation is concerned, in 20th and 21st century America there has been much disagreement, mainly among those individuals who celebrate the Holy Holiday called Christmas, as to whether or not the people who use the Xmas abbreviation are leaving Christ out of Christmas. Well, for this blogger, it doesn’t matter whether some people see the X in Xmas as a type of cross and thus a symbol that represents salvation, or if some see X as a little manger symbol. It also doesn’t matter to this blogger if some people see X as the Greek letter Chi, which is transliterated as ch, or if some understand that Chi is the first letter in the Greek word χριστός, which is transliterated as Christós and then translated as the English word Christ.
The main thing for this blogger is that the X in Christmas does replace a whole word. The whole word X replaces is Christ. The reason why the X in Xmas replaces Christ is because Christmas is a compound word, which metamorphosed from the original English words Christ’s Mass.
What matters to this blogger, then, is that most of the Americans who maintain that no one is Xing Christ out of Christmas (phonetically spelled, krĭs’məs) have failed to understand that the English letter X (ĕks) isn’t the Greek letter Chi (kī), despite the fact that Chi is written out as an X. Moreover, what the Americans who claim that no one is Xing Christ out of Christmas also fail to realize is that countless times during this current century too many Americans often phonate Xmas as ɛks məs instead of as krɪs məs!
Therefore, while the letter X may look like a cross, the word cross isn’t the anointed, chosen One’s name. Then too, while the letter X may look like a little manger, the word manger isn’t the anointed, chosen One’s name. Lastly, while the letter Chi in the Greek language is the first letter in the Greek word χριστός, the letter Chi isn’t the anointed, chosen One’s whole name. Again, Chi is just the first letter of the word χριστός which describes Jesus. In other words, Jesus Christ doesn’t mean that Christ is Jesus’ last name, but rather Jesus Christ means that Jesus is the Christ (the anointed, chosen One, or Messiah).
Furthermore, it seems that those Americans who maintain that no one is Xing Christ out of Christmas also are overlooking the fact that the American English word Christ does not start with an X, and they are overlooking the fact that the American English letter X also isn’t the American English ch letters, which make the /k/ sound in Christ. Put differently, because the English letter X isn’t the Greek letter Chi, numerous Americans who read the Xmas abbreviation see no connection between the X and the whole word Christ!
Then too, whether or not the use of X in Christmas is the result of some grand scheme to commercialize and secularize Christmas in America that really doesn’t explain why today’s American Christians use the X in Christmas. Indeed, since Christmas is about the birth of that anointed, chosen One, or Messiah, it is hard to understand why American believers in Christ would deliberately choose to X Christ out of Christmas.
Even though X was used to abbreviate Christ and Christmas, as well as Christian and Christianity, long before this current 21st century, it is funny how today, for instance, there just aren’t many, if any, occasions when Christians are writing or typing X Jesus – for Christ Jesus, or Jesus X – for Jesus Christ. There also aren’t many, if any, Christians today who are writing or typing Xendom for Christendom, Xian for Christian, Xianity for Christianity, Xlike for Christlike, or Xology for Christology, and so forth. Furthermore, even though X has been used for a long time to abbreviate Christ, as well as used to abbreviate all of the abovementioned compound examples of Christ, the undisputed truth is that God didn’t establish X as the name for or the description of His chosen people’s anointed, chosen One, or Messiah.
The letter X, no matter whether it is being used as the Greek letter Chi or the English letter X, always has been mankind’s abbreviation—humans’ shortcut; something that saves people time and/or effort. That is why today the English letter X is seen as being nothing more than a shortened or contracted word used in place of the WHOLE word, which in this case is the Christ in Christmas.
More important, when the use of X in the abbreviations for Christ and the compounds of Christ first began, X most often was used by people who understood the Greek language. How many people in America today understand the Greek language? More than likely, that number is not even half of the American population!
The main point here is that over time it has become obvious that by taking the shortcut, by abbreviating the word Christmas as Xmas and/or the Merry Christmas greeting as Merry Xmas, and so forth, far too many Americans who either are X users or X readers have forgotten who the Christ in Christmas is, forgotten all that this Christ has done for them, and forgotten all that He has promised to do for them. Worse still, far too many Christians who use the X abbreviation for Christ unfortunately are continuing to propagate the wrong representation of Christ, especially since many people in America see the X in Christmas as being nothing more than the letter X—the 24th letter of the modern English alphabet. Additionally, far too many Americans see X as a letter that is used to literally cross out (X out) Christ from Christmas, like some error has been made when they include Him by writing out the whole word.
It’s bad enough that during the Christmas Season, which in American now begins the day after Thanksgiving (on Black Friday), there are so many unbelieving retailers, bankers, educators, politicians, and other unbelievers in other professions who purposely are leaving Christ out of Christmas. This truth is why it would be wonderful if believers in retail, banking, education, government, and other careers that interact with the masses on a daily basis wouldn’t do the same. Christ is part of Jesus’ holy name/description, which is Jesus Christ. Believers never should forget that, and they never should shy away from showing who He is on a daily basis, and in everything they think, do, and say.
Put differently, let us who are Christians not let the politically correct climate of today, which emphasizes the importance of speaking and writing the right thing so as not to offend someone else, dictate to us how we can portray and/or display who our Lord and Savior is and what He means to us, which by the way is what Christmas Day and the Christmas Season are all about (the reason for the Day and the Season), regardless of whether or not Jesus Christ was born on December 25th. That’s why for the remainder of this Christmas Season, we who call ourselves Christians should plant a fruitful seed in the lives of the unbelievers we come in contact with—a seed that represents precisely who Jesus Christ is to us. Let us allow our life producing seed planting to begin with us expressly including the word Christ (NOT X), when we say, write, or type the Merry Christmas greeting, the word Christmas, and any other familiar phrases, idioms or sayings in which Christmas is used.
This Christmas Day and Christmas Season, let us neither leave Christ out of our thoughts nor out of our written or spoken communications. Most important, let us also never leave Him out of our daily witnessing. Let people see Him in today’s Christmas Season, especially on Christmas Day. Once again, let us let Him be seen in everything we think, say, and do. Amen.