December 07, 2011

The god they call Santa Claus

Santa Schmanta.

But I was thinking.  Today, as we were reviewing some of the wonderful names of the God of the Bible, we came across this one: "Desire of All Nations." (Haggai 2:7)

Isn't that a wonderful name?  Only one Person could have that name.  Only one Person is truly the Desire of All Nations.

Santa, of course is NOT that person.  He is a sort of counterfeit.  A nice fatherly type who wants to give us gifts, who wants to reward us for good behavior.  A kind person who can make things turn out alright and metes out justice too.  After all, the naughty kids don't get gifts, right? He can be everywhere at once.  He can do everything "instantly."

Jesus is the Real Deal.  

Jesus wants to give us gifts.  Only, we don't have to be good to receive them. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus works it out. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jesus is everywhere. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.


But He is so much more than this.  He is the one "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.   Jesus is the one in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily.


As Christians, we should avoid anything having to do with Santa.  All the touting "Believe" and the warm fuzzy Santa movies distract from the Real Deal.  It distracts from the truth.  Christmas is to celebrate GOD with us, not Santa with us.  God with us has eternal implications. Santa with us is only about materialism.  Any arguments otherwise are just counterfeit hopes.  


The world around us is searching. They are searching for peace and joy and meaning in life.  At this time of the year, let us not be ashamed of the baby in the manger.  For he shall be called Emmanuel, which, being interpreted is God with us. 




2 comments:

  1. Hello, Mrs. Santos. Thank you very much for the well wishes. I am very glad to have stumbled upon your lovely blog over a year ago. You always provide some clear and insightful perspective. Thank you so much! I hope you are well, too!

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