Why would we replace Christmas with Xmas?

In reality we are not replacing anything. There are two ways of saying the exact same thing. Recently I put up Merry Xmas on one side of our marquee and Merry Christmas on the other. I received some passionate pleas to keep Christ in Christmas because He is the reason for the season, to which I heartily agreed. I love being a part of a congregation that has a zeal and commitment to the Bible's message of Jesus Christ as The Way, The Truth, The Life, and the only way to heaven. So how can I say that the letter X and Christ are the same thing?

The symbol “X” for Christ goes all the way back to the 1st century. The capital letter X is an abbreviation of the word Cristos, which is the Greek word for Christ. You may remember the early symbol for Christianity was the fish. This comes from the word icqus or ichthus; the Greek word for fish. The early Christians used it as an acronym: i-Jesus c-Christ, q-God, u-Son, s-Savior. You put it all together and you get, “Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Savior.” When there is a potential that you could be put to death for participating in your faith, you find indiscrete ways to communicate. The symbol of the fish would be painted on the outside of houses to let Christians know they would be safe and welcome inside.

Coming back to modern times, I became very familiar with X as a shorthand for Christ in seminary. When my professors in seminary would write on the white boards in class, they would commonly use the symbol X for Christ and q for God. I started using these in my note taking, and so personally, I cannot see an X without thinking of my Savior.

Jesus is the Christ. He is the Savior of the world. To believe in his life, death, and resurrection is the way to eternal life. Romans 10:9 says "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (NIV)

Pastor Roger

For some additional reading I recommend R.C. Sproul’s article from December 18, 2015 Click here

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