You may have been told that the term, “Christmas,” refers to a Catholic Mass. This is erroneous. The suffix “mas” is a contraction of a Saxon word, “massa” meaning “a day of rest, a holy day or a feast day.” The Catholic Mass is a sacrament, viewed by the Romanist church as a necessary ongoing practice where the participant ingests the wine and the “host,” which are said to become the literal blood and body of Jesus. This is done week after week, in hope of salvation. It is the Romish church which has taken a word out of its root, and redefined it to mean something else.
The Roman Catholic Church did not even come into existence until the fourth century, yet, there are historical references to the remembrance of the birth of Christ long before that. “Historians find apparent references to a remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ as early as the second century – referred to, in translations from the Latin, as ‘the Feast of the Nativity.’” (Quoted from an article by Jerald Manley)
Another sometimes repeated error is the statement, “The birth of Christ could not have been December 25th.” On the contrary, the bulk of historical, biblical and geographical evidence points to a date around that time, if not on that day. One fact irrefutable is that the Lord Jesus Christ was born into the world on a particular day, and that day was a day of rejoicing and great joy! We certainly do no disservice to the truth of God’s Word to have a day set aside every year where we celebrate the first coming of our Saviour into the world to give His life a ransom for many. 1 Timothy 1:15, This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. A Merry Christmas to all.