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Jesus v. Santa Claus – The Real Deal

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

I don’t remember the age, but I remember the first time I found out Santa wasn’t real.  I had been out of town in the country all day with my Dad, brother and sister, but my Momma didn’t come and I missed being with her too.  So when I heard the garage door opening, before my Daddy could stop me, I rushed outside to give my mother a hug and saw the car full of toys – toys I had written to Santa for.  In that moment, I was crushed and devastated to find out that I had been lied to and that my cherished Santa Clause was a figment of imagination.   I look back on that day and laugh, but I clearly remember when I found out that Santa wasn’t real.

Yet, I can’t remember the day – the moment – that I knew Christ Jesus was real.  When the Jesus, I imagined as a child became my lifeline and my everything.  Perhaps it was when I was a child and knew heaven to be real as I experienced the death of my grandfather and felt the peace of the Prince of Peace which made me know that everything would be ok and I knew I would see him again in heaven; perhaps it was when I saw my Uncle preach the eulogy at my aunt’s funeral (his wife), because only the strength of the Lord (Philippians 4:13) could allow that to happen; maybe it was all of those many, many nights that I cried out to Jesus for healing – healing of my broken heart and battered spirit that I first believed.  I’ve come to know Him by which He is –Counselor, Everlasting God, and Prince of Peace.  I honestly can’t tell you when I knew Jesus to be real, but real He is.  It is because of this knowledge, that I celebrate the true meaning of Christmas every day.

In these last two days before Christmas, I want to encourage each of you to reflect back on the many moments when you discovered that Christ was real.  Some of you may remember the exact moment that your faith was solidified and for others, such as myself, it may be the culmination of a series of encounters that have solidified your faith.  Whichever you are, this day and every day should be lived as if it is Christmas because it is.  God is with us and we call Him Jesus.   He, not Santa, can travel the world answering prayers and comforting fears every night.  It is He, not Santa that delivers the gift that never breaks, never gets old, and is available to all for eternity.  It is He…Jesus.

From our families to yours, Merry Christmas!