Origin of the Mass of Christ
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Delivered By
Phillip Rainwater
Delivered On
December 24, 2017
Central Passage
Galatians 4:1-11
Subject
AM Sermon
Description

INTRODUCTION:

            A.        Latin “Christi Massi” is the translated “The Mass of Christ” or “Christmas”

                        1.         The Mass of Christ was originally celebrated on January 6th

                        2.         330-350 A.D. the Roman Catholic Church assigned December 25th

            B.         Our study is on the history of “Christmas” and the word of God

            C.         Our topic “Origin Of  The Mass of Christ”

I.          CHRISTMAS IN HISTORY:

            A.        “The Yule Festival”:  Celebrated by the northern tribes of Europe in pre-Christians days

                           1.         Celebrated the lengthening of days or “The rebirth of the sun”

                           2.         Evergreens were worshipped as a gods; I Corinthians 10:14

                           3.         A time of festivity:  Usually 14 days of debauchery

                           4.         Special lights were used and some said the dead rose during the feast

              B.        “The Feast of Epiphany” (Manifestations):

                           1.         One of the oldest annual feasts and was celebrated through January 6th

                           2.         This feast was sometimes called “The Feast of Lights”

                           3.         “The Mass of Christ” or “Christmas” was first celebrated on the last day of this feast

               C.        Leading up to “Christmas”:

                           1.         It was a Roman custom to celebrate the birthdays of its rulers

                           2.         Many felt that they should celebrate the birth of Christ; the Ruler of the church

                           3.         The Romans celebrated “The Feast of the Sun God” as part of their pagan religion on December 25th

                           4.         What more fitting day could be chosen to celebrate the birth of Christ, the “light of the world”?

II.        CHRISTMAS:  THE BIRTHDAY OF CHRIST?

             A.        Scripture does not record the date of Christ’s birth; August, October, March 

             B.        Little note was taken in the early days of the church: Matthew mentions it and Luke records a short account, Mark and John do not mention the birth

             C.        Church officials rejected such celebrations as paganism; Galatians 4:9-11   

                         1.         Christ did not authorize the religious practice; Matthew 28:18; Revelation 22:18-19

                          2.          Christians are to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 11:26      

III.       THE ATTITUDE OF THE CHRISTIAN:

            A.        An attitude happiness and love; Matthew 5:12, 44

            B.        A Prayerful Attitude; I Thessalonians 5:17; Psalm 100:4; Colossians 3:15

            C.        An attitude of giving and forgiving; Matthew 10:6; 6:14-15

CONCLUSION:

             A.        We have no authorization or date on which to remember Christ’s birth

             B.        The holiday is a good time to celebrate with family and friends