Merry Christmas friends!!!
I do hope this holiday was just lovely for everyone! I expect there was lots of laughs, delicious food, and time spent with the ones you love. Well, this Christmas, my husband, Bret, and I were discussing the reason for this season, Jesus! I was so encouraged by our conversation and I asked him to share his thoughts with all of you in a guest-post. I think you will appreciate his funny yet non-sugar coated and truthful perspective. Enjoy!
I’ll never forget the first time I told Sarah that I didn’t want to do the whole “Santa thing” when we had kids. She looked at me as if I had just told her that Lorelai Gilmore was a bad mother (she was).
After having thought about it at great length, I decided that what I really wanted for my children to focus on at Christmastime is the very reason for Christmas itself: the birth of our all-sufficient Savior, Jesus Christ. (Which explains the whole “Christ” part of Christmas. Funny how that works, huh?)
Santa is really a tremendously deficient figure:
- Santa is magic, for no discernible reason. (Thank you, Hollywood, for a charming yet disappointing mythos. And Tim Allen.)
- Santa, while being the apparent universal moral authority, is a ravenous glutton.
- Santa only comes once a year and gives us what we think we want (providing that he deems us worthy).
Human society, generally speaking, has entirely endorsed the Santa myth because…well, it makes us feel better about ourselves. At the end of the day, we can’t really imagine anybody ending up on the Naughty List. All of our Christmas movies confirm this: the Grinch, Jack Frost, the Abominable Snow Monster….even Buddy the Elf’s dad.
Santa tells us what we want to hear: you’re a good person and you deserve good things.
Jesus, the real reason for Christmas, tells us the opposite…yet deals with us COMPLETELY contrary to that!
Philippians 2:6-10 tells us that, “though he was in the form of God, (Jesus) did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Romans 5:8 also tells us that, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus Christ, the Son, a person of the infinite and eternal Triune God of the universe, took on flesh and became a human being so that He could die for the forgiveness of sins of those who would believe in Him and trust in Him for salvation!
So when our kids do show up, we will tell them the truth about Santa:
He was a real man named Saint Nicholas of Myra who loved and served Jesus Christ. And he straight punched Arius the heretic in the face at the Council of Nicea. Not exactly the best way to demonstrate Christian love, but his zeal for the Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of emulation.
Our children will know the truth about Santa and Jesus…
The truth that Jesus is a better Santa, who doesn’t give us what we deserve, or even what we want.
Jesus, our good and gracious Savior, gives us what we really need: reconciliation with God, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life.
xo sarah & bret