In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith explains the meaning of the word “Christmas”, which implies both the life and the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are some excerpts:

God’s Sacrifice– Love Made Manifest

“…Let your attitude to life be that of Christ Jesus Himself. For He, Who had always been God did not cling to His rights and privileges as God but stripped Himself of every advantage by consenting to become a slave and be born as a human being.” What incredible divine condescension! And all because He loved us so much!…”

The Meaning of the Word “Christmas”

Did you ever realize that the very word “CHRISTMAS” (which, of course, is never found in the Bible) implies both the birth and the death of our Lord? “CHRIST” — the eternal God Who became incarnate in the Man, Jesus of Nazareth; and “CHRIST-MASS,” or Holy Communion, which has traditionally, from the earliest days of the faith, been celebrated on Christmas Eve, and which speaks of the broken body and the shed blood offered on the Cross as an eternal sacrifice for sin. I make bold to say that the most godly, the most sanctified celebration of “Christmas” is what you and I are doing right now — gathering as adoring believers around the Lord’s Table on Christmas Eve. “CHRISTMAS” — the eternal God coming to earth to save His people from their sins by shedding His atoning blood and bearing the unspeakable punishment that our sins deserved!

And so, in “Christ Jesus” we see God becoming Man, so that the sons of men might become sons of God.

As now we approach His Table, reflect upon the words of another Gospel hymn –

“He did it for me! He did it for me!
A sinner as guilty as ever could be;
Oh how I love Him, now that I see
He suffered, He died, He did it for me!”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


December 24, 1994

Philippians 2:5-8

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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