Santa Claus Versus Jesus
Santa Claus Versus Jesus
As we enter into the Christmas season, we remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Santa Claus comes to bring temporal happiness one time a year to those who have been good. He brings coal to those who have been bad. So if you want a gift you must be good. Santa Claus’ gifts are performance-based. You have to be good, nice, considerate, respectful and unselfish.
Christmas is a celebration about Jesus coming to earth to redeem mankind. He came as fully God and fully Man. Jesus came to earth to suffer and die for the sins of all mankind. Jesus is God. HE has been from the beginning and will be till the end of time. HE is the word which became human flesh to give HIS life so that all mankind might have life in HIM forever. Jesus has come to bring the free gift of redemption and reconciliation to God. HE brings mankind freedom and victory over sin and death. HE brings this free gift to everyone, not just the good. HE brings the gift to the humble and broken at heart, the murderer, thief, prostitute, drug addict, drunkard, glutton, idolater, liar, poor, rich, greedy, fearful, arrogant, proud, angry, lonely, hurt, abused, defeated, rejected, and discouraged. There is nothing you have to do except receive the gift. You don’t have to change your ways before receiving the free gift. HIS gift is a pardon from sin and death. This gift is the true gift of Christmas.
Santa Claus is performance-based; Jesus Christ is grace-based. Santa Claus wants you to change your ways before getting his gift. Salvation in Christ Jesus comes by knocking, seeking and opening the door into the Kingdom of God. The gift of Salvation comes with your heart and mind wanting to receive forgiveness of sin and being restored. It comes with a desire to receive the free gift of ALL God has for you. Lord I want all YOU have for me. Forgive me for doubting YOU.
Santa Claus brings temporal happiness while Jesus Christ brings eternity in Joy of your Salvation. Santa Claus brings conditional love based upon your performance. Jesus Christ brings HIS promise that HE will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus Christ brings certainty and contentment into your life. Santa Claus brings temporal gifts while Jesus Christ brings eternal Spiritual Gifts.
Which gift do you want: Santa’s gifts or the free gift of your Salvation which leads to your Spiritual Gifts in Christ Jesus?
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