This is the second initial page for Matthew and begins the narrative of Christ’s birth. It is the beautiful Chi Rho page.
People viewing the word xmas, which also contains this representation of Christ might feel that they are looking at something which belittles Christ instead of realizing that this symbol represents a continuity of representation over 2000 years old.
Does it have some religious significance or is it just a mark? Sometimes one has to be willing to accept that this mark can mean either Christ, or consecration, or a signature, or the wrong answer, or a ballot vote, or a kiss, or anointing, or branding, or the mathematical symbols of x or +, – or just a mark. It can be the sign of dedication, of possession, of affection, of illiteracy, of fulfillment, or of sacrifice.
- For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor. 13:12.