Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas - Day 15

The Dilemma of Santa

Ah, Santa Clause!  What do we do with him?  Some like to incorporate him into their Christmas activities; others don’t want anything to do with him.  Such a dilemma!
Whether you choose to include or exclude Santa, the choice is yours.  However, I think it’s important to give the correct story regarding this man.

Tradition tells us that he was a real person who loved God, was very wealthy, and was known for giving much money to the poor and needy – anonymously.  Out of this, though, the story grew and grew.  Today we hear that he flies through the sky with reindeer, comes down your chimney with gifts, and knows everything you do.  This sounds like our modern day Super-heros!
Some years ago I saw something that put this all into perspective.  There is an ornament that shows Santa Clause kneeling at the feet of the Baby Jesus.  Here is the truth.  Santa Clause was a real man who also needed a Savior to save him from his sin.  Yes, he was a good man and did good things for others, but he was still a sinner and needed the Savior.  Seeing him kneeling before the Lord says it all.  No matter how good you are, you can’t be good enough.  Jesus knew this – that’s why He came.  He humbled Himself, took on the form of man and lived among us.  This culminated in His death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.  Of course the account doesn’t end there – 3 days later He rose from the dead!  He conquered sin and death and granted forgiveness and eternal life to all who would believe in Him. 
Just as the ornament portrays, we must bow the knee to the Lord Jesus, believe He is God and that He payed the penalty for our sin so we could be forgiven.  We give Him the control of our lives, recognizing that He is Lord of all, and enter into a relationship with Him.  This is why He came!  Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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