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Is it Santa or Jesus at Christmas?
To Christians, the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important person to know at Christmas. But for some, Santa is. Without jolly St. Nicholas bounding into celebrations, the joy and excitement of the season could be gone. So, is Christmas about Santa, or Jesus?
Santa Generous and Good
Rob Your Family
While the original old Saint Nicholas was undoubtedly a good and gracious giving gentleman, the modern Santa has stolen more than he has ever given. He romanticised Christmas, mythologised it's purpose and fantasised it's meaning so that the true Christmas can remain a mystery to intelligent people.
The Greatest Gift
Under the guise of generosity and goodwill, Santa has taken the place of God's Own Son—and he has effectively stolen God's Christmas gift at the same time. And to rob people of that gift is to rob them of Eternal Life. That's the rub, says Lin Roberts.
Santa Takes Not Gives
a. "Knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!" He is all-knowing.
b. Goes everywhere at the same time in the blinking of an eye on Christmas Eve. He is all-present.
c. Is portrayed as capable of granting any request. He Is all-powerful.
Santa does remarkable things:
He Assumes God's Character
e. Then, as he also assumes the rights of worship and glory, he is admired, honoured and praised. While some people object to any mention of Jesus Christ, the coming of Santa is the highlight of their year. He is worthy of all worship.
f. And as Jesus is said to live in the hearts and minds of His people, Santa also duplicates this attribute. Though Christmas is actually the birthday celebration of the King-of-Kings, multitudes reject or ignore Jesus in favour of the mythological old gentlemen dressed in red. He has become eternal.
What it does mean is that we are to be equipped with the right information to avoid deception and to look to the Lord Jesus Christ, rather than Santa. It does mean that we do not allow a laughing Father Christmas to control our decision-making, or to fall into any trap of his. Evil in the garb of good; as a deception, it's the cruelest trick of all.
You Can Still Have The Best Christmas Ever
When you know that 'the one who does not enter by the door, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and robber," (John 10:1), and that ... whosoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life," you can arrange your life to worship the Saviour through the Christmas celebrations, which is the way it should be.
All at the Outback Patrol Institute wish that you and your family will live in the light and power of God's precious gift of eternal Salvation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and that you will have the best Christmas season of worship and family rejoicing—ever. But, here's what ten-year old children said why they thought Jesus & Santa were alike, when their teacher—a member of the Fellowship of Merry Christians, Joyce Jenson asked them. She compiled their answers into a Christmas tree like this, printed by the Joyful Noiseletter:
Meanwhile, other children made these comparisons, too ...
Santa lives at the North Pole...
So, we are able to say, if Jesus was better than Moses (a servant in God's household) and Joshua (Israel's peacemaker in Canaan) in Hebrews 2-3, then Jesus is even better than the Holy Angels, too, it is a clear. Yes, obviously clear, Jesus (the divine Son of God over His household who will bring His people into eternal rest) is better than anyone else—he is even better than Santa Claus.
Hebrews 5-7 explain how Jesus is even better than Aaron's priesthood, whose task it was to build a bridge between frail manhood and a Holy God. But their sacrifices were perpetually repeated and soon or later the Priest died. By contrast, Jesus is the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, which had no beginning and no end, yet Jesus exceeded even the Melchizedek priesthood, as Jesus rose from the dead, something no priest ever could do.
Truly, Jesus Christ is better than Aaron or Melchizedek, or anyone.
© Biblical Foundations, Inc., John 3:16, Outback Patrol's Walkabout Newsletter, © Fellowship of Merry Christians, various unknown authors. © Linleigh Roberts and Leslie Nixon 12/99.
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