Why is “X” often used to represent the word “Christ”?
It started in Greek. The Greek letter “Xi” (pronounced as “chi”), which looks like our “X,” is often used as an abbreviation for Christ.
We may write “X-mas” on our December calendars, or we may jot the word “Xian” in a note. But we read these shortcuts aloud as “Christmas” and “Christian.”
In the Greek, the word “Christos” (which means Christ) begins with this letter.
The letter “X” also looks like a cross.
And, used as a Roman numeral, “X” means 10, which is often seen as a standard of perfection, perhaps pointing to the sinless Savior as well.
Abbreviated or spelled out, it’s all about Jesus Christ, the crux of our faith and life. So, when X is used with proper intent, no disrespect is meant.
When people urge Christians to “Put Christ back into Christmas,” it’s a heart issue – not a matter of spelling. It’s a question of claiming the Christ as Lord and Savior and wearing His name proudly.
For He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, and the Author and Finisher of our faith.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10:9, NIV)
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