This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.
The most important character in the Christmas story is the Christ child. The prophets had foretold the birth of a saviour, the Messiah or Christ. The baby born in Bethlehem was hailed by angels and men as the promised one. The titles Messiah and Christ have the same meaning. As I mentioned in an earlier A to Z Challenge* Christ is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Messiah, the promised one. (*Links at end of post.)
The baby born in Bethlehem was named Jesus in obedience to the Angel Gabriel’s instruction to his mother, Mary. Christ is a title rather than a name. Occasionally it is written before and sometimes after the name Jesus; Christ Jesus is less usual than Jesus Christ.
Not a great deal is known about Jesus’ childhood. Places he was taken to will be mentioned later in this challenge. A story about him at the age of twelve years is mentioned in an earlier A to Z post.
Christ child is mentioned in Christmas carols. The English translation of ‘Il est né, le divin enfant‘ is ‘He/Now is born the divine Christ child‘. There are other examples of this expression in Christmas songs.
Now is born the divine Christ child is a popular carol about these topics.
Related posts from earlier A to Z challenges:
While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4