Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
He is Lord
Time and our calendar system is wrapped around Jesus whether you believe in Him or not. The terms we use of BC and AD refer to before His birth and after His crucifixion, AD stands for anno Domini and is Medieval Latin for "in the year of the Lord". The original phrase "anno Domini nostri Jesu Christi", translates to "in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ".Terminology that is viewed by some as being more neutral and inclusive of non-Christians is to call this the Current or Common Era( CE), and refer to the time prior to His birth to as Before the Common or Current Era (BCE). The effort that has been taken to erase Him from the History that He wrote shines the spotlight on Him all the more. There is no year zero in this method so the year 1 AD immediately follows the year 1 BC. This system of dating time was devised iby Dionysius Exiguus of Scythia Minor in 525 AD but was not widely used until after the year 800.
The holiday we know as Christmas ( Christ the Anointed One, mas-more of in Spanish) was devised by early Christians in an attempt to deflect attention from the pagan Winter Solstice celebration. Each time you say Christmas you are indicating that you desire more of the Anointed One and His anointing whether you realize it or not, Using Xmas does not X Him out because in Greek the X means Christ. Those who believe they are eliminating Him by saying Merry Xmas will be surprised to know this. The purpose of Christmas was to rejoice in the birth of Christ. This is a Christian religious observance that was set in place to glorify Jesus and His virgin birth. Even so the secular world has done their best to take over the holiday and remove Christ from it. When you think about it this is absurd. How about instead, just not celebrating the day at all if you do not believe in the One for whom it is named. ?. Each time you say the word Christmas you are acknowledging Him whether you realize it or not. The early carols were scripture based and glorified Father, Son, and Holy Spirt for the immaculate conception, and virgin birth. The individuals who came up with the holiday never said that He was born on December 25. This is just the day that was chosen to overshadow the ungodly rituals associated with the Winter Solstice. Easter was set up to shift focus from the Spring Equinox celebrations and to honor the Risen Savior. As with Christmas, nonbelievers have hijacked this holiday and tried to turn it into what they desire, but still, the root of the observance is with Christ even if you didn't know or chose to ignore it.
Christ is in every fiber of our being and I would go far as to say that many nonbelievers do believe but choose to reject Him. One can enjoy the festivities of Easter and Christmas without mentioning the birth, crucifixion, or resurrection of the Savior. and say BCE and CE to try to erase Him from time as we know it. His word tells us there will be a day of reckoning when those who do not acknowledge Him now will bow their knee and confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It does not matter what label you use for time or how you celebrate Christmas and Easter (or not) because the Bible from Genesis to Revelation sings His praises and lets us know that life as we know it always was, is now, and ever shall be: Domini nostri Jesu Christi" the year of our Lord Jesus Christ. Choose Him today. Don't just accept Him as Thee Lord, but make Him your personal Lord and Savior while you still have time. He is who He says He is and everyone will find out one way or another.If you love Him let His light shine through you and lead sinners to salvation.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 14, 2020:
Thank you so much . God bless
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 14, 2020:
Cheryl, This is a very good article, and I agree with every word.