So this is not a craft post today. This is not even a random food post, or just something cute my kids did. This is a revelation post.
Let me explain....
On Sunday, I was driving home from church and I saw a sign along some houses that declared
"This year, let's keep CHRIST in Christmas!".
I read it and thought about how many people I know just despise the use of X-MAS. I personally do not use it when I talk about Christmas, but I am not condemning anyone for it. I wondered where it began and who started it. Why do we know that X-MAS "means" Christmas but we all throw such a fit about it. So I looked it up.
Many people think that X-MAS was a way to "X out" Christ from Christmas when even though that has seemed to happen on its own, its been around long before Christmas traditions even started.
Christ in the Greek is roughly translated to Xpistos. On many occasions through writings and letters, when speaking of Christ, it would be Abbreviated to X or Xp. Throughout the years this has just continued on and in regards to CHRISTmas, when people are in a hurry or don't have the room they abbreviate the word Christ for his abbreviation of X. (X-MAS)
Now, I know you must be thinking, why in the world is she giving us this history lesson? Is she trying to convince us its ok to use X-MAS?
No, actually I have no desire to convince you one way or the other which way you decorate your home or office. What I am going to tell you is what happened next.
So as I was driving in the car, (at this point still unaware of the history behind the X-MAS) I began to think about the letter X. Perhaps they meant for it to be a cross, but couldn't say t-mas. Perhaps they used X because they really wanted to "Cross out" Christ. Then it hit me. I mean when the next thought came into my head I almost had to pull over.
What do you look for every time you pull out a treasure map? You are looking for the treasure right? What marks the treasure? Doesn't X always mark the spot? For those of you that know where I am going, yay, for those who are like....yeah I don't get it, stay with me....
For many people in the world today, they use X-MAS. Not because they hate God, or want him out of the picture, but their whole life, they have been taught to search for X. X marks the spot, X is where the treasure is. If us Christians would stop judging so much and starting loving people, we can help them realize that X is really Christ, then once they find him, they will have more treasure than this world can ever give. I used to search for X, and then I met who X is and is completely changed my life forever.
I guess the saying really is true......X (CHRIST) really does mark the spot.
I hope you enjoyed my little revelation. Feel free to share and comments are always welcome.
Until Next time...
Keep Calm......and find the treasure...He is waiting on you....