By Tim Lamb, Entiat, WA
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Message: Santa vs. Jesus
By Tim Lamb
While working as a substitute custodian last week I was privileged to help with lunch duties at a rather large elementary school. Part of those duties included responding to raised hands and determining if a child had eaten sufficiently to be excused to the playground.
As I approached one young gentleman I noticed the two equally young girls sitting across from him were staring wide eyed, and then came the reason, "Are you Santa Clause?" questioned the boy. My rapidly graying beard and ever rounding mid section, added to my long-ish hair and twinkle in the eye and must have raised the suspicion considering the time of year. What to say - what to say? I don't think fast on my feet, that's why I'm a writer not a public speaker; so here's what I did say: "Not today, today I'm a janitor. Santa only works one day a year and I need to work more." I left them guessing, with fantasy intact.
I have been accused of looking like Jesus too but it always makes me feel bad. I'm sure Jesus kept in much better shape than myself. I would hope people would see Jesus in me more by my actions than physical appearance, though some days I look and act more like the devil I'm sure.
Anyway, for future reference here are some differences between Santa and Jesus that you should share with your kids, and add a few of your own if they come to you. I don't mind kids believing in a jolly old elf that gives presents but I don't want him confused with their Savior.
The biggie first: Santa is NOT God, Jesus IS God. The Santa I know worships God. The first St. Nickolas was a VERY godly man.
Santa does what he can to give us what we WANT - Jesus meets all our needs.
Santa only gives gifts to the nice - Jesus died for everyone, including the bad.
Santa watches all year and works one day - Jesus watches AND works 24/7.
Santa sneaks in and out while you are sleeping - Jesus meets you when you invite Him, and He would never leave you.
Santa has helpers all over and lives at the North Pole - Jesus is everywhere and will live in your heart if you let Him.
Santa needs a sleigh and reindeer to get around - Jesus...does not.
Santa needs Rudolf in a storm - Jesus calms the storm.
Santa without his suit is just a jolly old fat man, maybe working somewhere as a janitor - Jesus may look like a Lion or a Lamb or a carpenter's son or a King but He's still The Christ, our Savior.
Santa helps us celebrate the season - Jesus is the reason for the season.
Let Santa bring a little fun to your festivities - let Jesus bring you hope and peace and love.
Let Santa be a moment of smiles and a night of dreams - let Jesus be your eternal Lord and Savior.
For unto us a Child was born...and He grew up to be loved and hated - worshipped and scorned - Crucified and buried and risen again - and ascended into heaven He still impacted this world more than any man in history. More has been written about Him and spoken about Him - battles have been fought and sacrifices made - the prophetic time of His return is still held as the ultimate hope for His followers.
He never asked us to set aside a day for celebrating His birth, but He did ask us to be Holy.
What Santa brings will one day be gone, broken, rusted, worn-out or out of style - the gift of Jesus is living and eternal and bought and paid for with His blood and nothing can happen to it if you take it and keep it all year round.
Blessings to you this Christmas Season and all the year through. Tim
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