The word “mass” was used to describe a celebration or worship service in ancient times. The expression: “ Mass,” is a special church service that celebrated Jesus’ birth. So these two words were destined to become our word “Christmas”!
Jesus has lots of names that we hear at Christmas time – “Jesus,” the “Messiah,” “Christ,” “Emmanuel.” Can you think of any others?
“Jesus” was a common name at the time of His birth. It came from the Hebrew name “Yeshua,” which means “Yahweh saves.” (Yahweh is a name for God.)
So the angel Gabriel told Joseph that they should name Mary’s baby Jesus, because he would save his people.
The word “Christ” is a Greek word that means anointed. So Jesus Christ was the anointed one who would save his people from their sin! (As promised in the book of Isaiah).
Our word Christmas reminds us that this is a holiday all about the birth of Christ. Let’s pray and ask God to help keep our hearts focused on the meanings of the words during this season.