Today there are numerous attempts to hijack Christmas from its Christian origins and to replace Jesus with some secular Santa Clause. The original Saint Nicolas, on which Santa Clause is based, was a dedicated Christian who was generous to the poor. That was the inspiration for Santa Clause. However, today Hollywood has built up a huge mythology of a secular Santa Clause that is far more acceptable to secular humanists and atheists than the Lord Jesus Christ.
Comparing Santa with Jesus
However, if we were to compare Jesus with Santa, it would be no contest:
Santa reportedly lives at the North Pole - Jesus is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh - Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year - Jesus is an ever-present help.
Santa may fill your stockings with toys - Jesus can supply all your needs.
You have to stand in line to meet Santa - Jesus is as close as the mention of His Name.
Santa may let you sit on his lap - but Jesus lets you rest in His arms.
Santa has to ask you your name - Jesus not only knows your name, He knows your address too.
He knows our past and our future and He even knows how many hairs are on our head.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly - Jesus has a heart full of love.
Santa says Ho, Ho, Ho! - Jesus offers Help, Hope and Heaven.
Santa says you 'better not cry' - Jesus says 'cast all your cares on Me for I care for you.'
Santa needs little helpers to make toys - Jesus himself gives life, heals wounded hearts, repairs broken homes, and prepares mansions for us in Heaven.
Santa may make you chuckle, but Jesus gives you the joy of the Lord which is your strength.
While Santa may put gifts under a tree - Jesus is the greatest Gift and He gives us the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Make This Your Best Christmas Ever
Jesus is the Reason for the season. Wise men seek Christ. Give Christ you time, talents and treasure. Your hands, feet, lips, heart and life. Give Him your worship, obedience, sacrifice, attention and adoration. To obey is better than sacrifice. Do restitution. Be reconciled to your friends and family. Be generous. Be grateful. Recognise the many Evangelistic opportunities around you. Give God the very best that you have. Do not waste your life on the empty boxes of the world. Do not settle for less than God's very best.
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6: 33
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
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