We have a shared understanding of the phrase, but it is very revealing, enlightening, and powerful to go deeper into the actual meaning behind the words, “Merry Christmas.”
Let’s look at the individual word meanings:
Merry = Full Joy
Christ = Greek: Cristos; Hebrew: Messiah
Mass = The word Mass comes from the Latin word Missa. Missa means ‘a dismissal.’ The purpose is to celebrate a spiritual truth or mystery with the result being to ‘be dismissed and go forth’ in reality of the truth celebrated.
Messiah: A Messiah was one who led his people to victory over their oppressors. To end, however, the description at that point gives us an incomplete understanding of the end-goal of a Messiah. Ultimately, the Messiah’s purpose was to accomplish the following:
(A) To release from previous obligations of the oppressor.
(B) To re-write a code of conduct that was harmonious with His values.
Therefore, with joy, we celebrate our Messiah delivering us from our oppressor and then writing a new code on our hearts that corresponds to His Kingdom.
This post began with the idea of being able to celebrate the spirit of Merry Christmas on a daily basis in 2018. Although Jesus, our Messiah, can be celebrated privately, it is vital to recognize our relational connection with a Body of believers as we worship the fullness of Christ’s work on our behalf.
May this new year be one that knows the fullness of joy as we recognize and celebrate (personally and corporately) the release of the old and rewriting of the new on the walls of our hearts.
It is the understanding of a Merry Christmas that motivates and propels us forward into a Happy New Year.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT: Isn’t this a good time to emulate your Messiah by releasing others (and yourself) from the obligation of old expectations, and the re-writing of new expectations that were born from the heart of Jesus?
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year