Good day to each of you reading this column on Christmas and ask your thoughts on the meaning of Christmas to you and your family.
When doing research, I found this article on the web from Tracie Miles under Why is Jesus better than Santa?
Santa lives at the North Pole.Tracie Miles — Why is Jesus better than Santa
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year
JESUS is an ever-present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies
JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited
JESUS stands at your door and knocks…
And then enters your heart.
You have to stand in line to see Santa
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is
“Hi little boy or girl, What’s your name?”
JESUS knew our name before we did.
Not only does He know our name,
He knows our address too.
He knows our history and future and He
even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly
JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO
JESUS offers health, help and hope.
Santa says “You better not cry”
JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.
Santa’s little helpers make toys
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts,
repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle but
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree
JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.
It’s obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put Christ back in Christmas.
Jesus is STILL the REASON for the SEASON.
As for me and my family, this truly is a beautiful time of the year.
We celebrate Christmas daily knowing that God gave his only son for each of us and for giving us the belief and knowledge that when his son was born on this earth that we were given the greatest gift of all time.
When I look at Christmas through my grandchildren’s eyes, I see happiness, love and the thrill of giving them something that they will enjoy for a long time.
It is so unfortunate that in this age, the things that we give our children or grandchildren are played with for a short time and then discarded for something else.
Gift giving and gift receiving is a glitter of time or a fleeting of moment for each of us. Yes, it gives each of us a momentary bit of joy and then it passes onto other thoughts.
Christmas is much deeper than the mere thought of giving gifts—its family getting together, sharing laughs, memories and saying whydon’t we do this more.
Christmas is a time to draw closer to Christ and to read the who, why, where, when and how our Saviour came into the world. Have you taken the time to read the four different accounts from the four authors in the New Testament?
Upon reading Christ’s birth from the 1st four authors of the New Testament, I found the following:
There were zero wise men present at the birth of Jesus, not the first one, nor three from a Christmas song. We don’t know how many wise men visited the baby Jesus, but we do know that these men visited the baby one to two years later.
Yes the Bible mentions these wise men bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense which is three gifts but no indication is given of the number of wise men.
It is true the baby Jesus was born in a manger but not because his parents couldn’t afford the Bethlehem Inn but due to a census where people were traveling and accommodations were extremely difficult to find.
Here’s another tidbit—the wisemen found the baby in a house and not in a manger (Matthew 2:11). King Herod was so afraid of the baby Jesus that he ordered all boys up to the age of two to be killed.
Why is this important? As a Christian, you are entitled to the facts of the word of God and not a man-made story to fit the times. So much of our time is filled with colorful lights, candy canes, parties, wrapping paper, yule logs, wreaths, boughs of holly. shopping, toys, Santa Claus and lots and lots of cooking that by the time the Christmas day arrives, we just pass out from exhaustion.
Am I against all this? No, but we put our priorities in order and our first priority is to honor the birth of Jesus. If it wasn’t for Jesus, our life would be a mess! Wouldn’t it be terrible to know when you die, you will have no chance of living again? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live with no taxes, death, medical problems, no fussing, no fighting, no armies, no pollution, no distrust amongst fellow man.
Reality yes, not a mere hope and how do I know—The Bible tells me so!
Death and Sin will be put under the Master’s feet and we shall rule with him on this earth. How do I know? Recite the Lord’s prayer and their it tells you about the place of the Lord’s kingdom.
But back to the subject of the birth of Christ—The greatest gift for all time and for all people—Jesus came to this very earth knowing that he would be crucified, that he had earthly parents, brothers and sisters, trials and tribulations, friends and traitors, and that he would be “the light for this dark world”.
The birth, the childhood, the teen age years and then into man hood, he became without sin carrying forward his father’s work—Let us celebrate his birth and be ever thankful each moment for God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17.
May God Bless You and May you Bless God in all that you say and do.