Saturday, December 17, 2011


By:  F. Kong

There are two figures that compete for prominence during Christmas: Jesus Christ and Santa Claus. Christ should be the reason for the celebration and yet the world seems to prefer the big overweight bearded jolly fellow who wears a red pajama suit because Santa brings us goodies. And in a world that has turned out to be highly materialistic, Santa becomes the symbol of the provider of the things we want in life, not the things we need.

When employees go home mumbling and grumbling because the Christmas bonuses given them did not meet their expectations, Santa has failed them. When employers can’t wait for the year-end inventory so that they can once more take a splurge in buying another luxury car, taking a dream vacation or getting that nice and spacious house in a plush subdivision, then they’re waiting for Santa. When government officials and purchasing agents open their arms in warm welcome to their suppliers who come bearing gifts, then they are anxiously waiting for Santa. There is no Christ while Santa’s on every mouth.

An unknown author wrote, “WHY JESUS IS BETTER THAN SANTA CLAUS.”

  • Santa lives at the North Pole … 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 wait 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 knows 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.
  • All Santa says is, “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 because Jesus is still the reason for the season.

The most important thing the author missed is that Santa may bring you all the things you want in this world but those things cannot be brought with you when your time on this planet is up. In contrast, what Jesus gives us lasts for all eternity. We wouldn’t be anything else without Him. – F. Kong


He was born of a woman so that we could be born of God.
He humbled Himself so that we could be lifted up.
He became a servant so that we could be made heirs.
He suffered rejection so that we could become His friends.
He denied Himself so that we could freely receive all things.
He gave Himself so that He could bless us in every way!


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