The modern-day Santa Claus is an American version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Roman Catholic bishop from Asia Minor who was noted for his good deeds and gift giving. This tradition first spread throughout Europe, and then found its way to America by the early Dutch settlers.
Since God’s word warns us to BEWARE of tradition (Col. 2:8), we shouldn’t be surprised to find the Devil right in the middle of the world’s most celebrated holiday. Lucifer’s desire has always been to dethrone God and exalt himself (Isa. 14:12-15). He desires worship (Luke 4:7; 2 Thess. 2:3-4). Perhaps you’ve never thought of it, but please note how Satan robs the Lord Jesus Christ of His glory by spreading the Santa Claus tradition…
JESUS CHRIST IS ETERNAL
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)
SANTA IS ETERNAL
A child knows nothing of his
beginning. To a child, Santa has
just always existed.
JESUS CHRIST LIVES IN THE NORTH
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psa. 48:2)
SANTA LIVES IN THE NORTH
Tradition holds that Santa Claus
lives at the North Pole, a place
ABOVE the rest of us.
JESUS CHRIST WEARS RED CLOTHING
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13)
SANTA WEARS RED CLOTHING
Santa wears a red furry suit.
JESUS CHRIST HAS WHITE HAIR
“His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:14-15)
SANTA HAS WHITE HAIR
Santa is always pictured as an
old man with white hair like wool. [Santa also visits houses coming in through the
furnace / fireplace according to the “legend”.]
JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED AND
GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore He saith, “When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. 4:7-8)
SANTA FLIES AROUND
Santa has the ability to defy the
laws of gravity and fly around
giving gifts to people.
JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON
“He which testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
SANTA IS COMING SOON
During the Christmas season it is
emphasized over and over that “Santa is coming”.
JESUS CHRIST IS OMNISCIENT
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Pro. 15:3) “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” (Mat. 9:4)
SANTA IS OMNISCIENT
Children are taught that Santa
“knows when you’ve been good,
and he knows when you’ve been bad”.
JESUS CHRIST IS OMNIPRESENT
“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat. 18:20)
SANTA IS OMNIPRESENT
Santa must be omnipresent, because
he has the ability to visit over a
billion homes in a twenty-four hour period. That’s over 1100 per second!
JESUS CHRIST IS OMNIPOTENT
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” ” (Mat. 28:18)
SANTA IS OMNIPOTENT
He has the ability to carry presents
for over a billion children.
JESUS CHRIST HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ANGELS
“Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Mat. 4:11)
SANTA HAS SPIRIT HELPERS
Webster, 1828: “ELF… a spirit,
the night-mar; a ghost, hag, witch”
SANTA – SANAT – SATAN?
Sanat Kumara is worshipped by some new age groups as God. H.P. Blavatsky, the mother of the new age movement, said on page 350 of her book, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2: “The name isn’t important. It is the letters”. “Santa” has the same letters as “Satan”! According to G.A. Riplinger, “Ole Nick” is listed as the name of a fallen angel in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels. (New Age Bible Versions, Gail Riplinger, pg. 53)
Friend, don’t glorify Satan by giving the glory and attributes of Jesus Christ to Santa Claus! Santa is a COUNTERFEIT GOD, and you are honoring Satan when you teach your children to believe in Santa! Christians should teach their children the TRUTH. We should glorify God by teaching our children about Jesus Christ and His saving grace!
The past couple of months, I’ve learned an amazing truth. I hope this will mean something to someone else, too!
I loved my grandmother. I sent her letters the old-fashioned way, visited her in the old age home during holidays, spent hours paging through her photo albums with her, and eventually many more hours making her a special light-weight album with old and recent pictures of her offspring, when the old albums became too heavy for her to lift. I loved my grandmother dearly. I used to start crying just at the thought that she might one day die… although I knew that she was already deep in her 80’s and that we had to treasure every moment together. I prayed many prayers that she would live to see my children, and took lots of photos when we were together. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, and my heart broke at the thought of ever having to say goodbye.
One Saturday morning in July this year, I had the phone call I dread so much. She had gone to be with her Saviour in the most gentle way imaginable. She had still been relatively healthy, and this was completely unexpected. She had phoned just 2 days before, to congratulate my husband’s completed university degree.
I cried a lot. Especially when I phoned my mom later that morning. But I experienced an amazing truth during that time, and still every time I miss her: God’s grace is new every morning, every day, in every MOMENT… and THAT is the reason we get through difficult times, looking back and wondering how we could ever cope.
In Jesus’s famous Sermon in the Mount (Matthew 6:34, KJV), He said the following:
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Compare that to Lamentations 3:22-23, which says,
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”
The reason we can cope with life’s most difficult challenges, is because God gives us, every day, enough mercy, grace and compassion for the day. He KNOWS what lies ahead for us, He KNOWS what we need… It says so in the few verses preceding Jesus’s words quoted above:
30 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” (Matthew 6)
One of the greatest challenges I can imagine is coping after your house burned down in a fire. I’ve often prayed that such a thing will never happen to me or my loved ones. Yet, I know that when such a terrible thing happens, people find strength to cope, somehow… I now understand why – because God’s grace is there with them in that moment, an unseen Hand carrying them through the difficult time. Oh, imagine if we could SEE our loving Father and Saviour’s protection, strength and Presence with us!!
I am so grateful that God gives more than ENOUGH mercy, grace, strength and compassionate love for what we need every moment.
This is why we never need to be worried: God WILL be there in that moment you’re scared of, dreading, or worried about, with ENOUGH of what you need to carry you through. I hope this will encourage you today!!
2 Corinthians 12:8-10, KJV
8 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
We all want to know who we are. We seek and search and try to “find ourselves.” Many of us have taken personality tests and other assessments. We learn that we are a lion, a beaver, an ENFP, an activator, a competitor, a high I, high D.
But as helpful as those tests can be, have you ever stopped to ask, “What does God think about me? Who does he say that I am?”
In all my years as a Christian, I had never asked the question quite this way until recently. And what I found is that God has a lot to say about what he thinks about us — a whole Bible full. But if we could summarize it in a short space, here’s how it might sound.
You Are Valuable
I am the Creator and you are my creation. I breathed into your nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). I created you in my own image (Genesis 1:27). My eyes saw your unformed substance (Psalm 139:16). I knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). I know the number of hairs on your head, and before a word is on your tongue I know it (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:4). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
You are more valuable than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31). I have given you dominion over all sheep and oxen and all beasts of the field and birds of the heavens and fish of the sea (Psalm 8:6–8; Genesis 1:26, 28). I have crowned you with glory and honor as the pinnacle and final act of the six days of creation (Psalm 8:5; Genesis 1:26).
However, from the very beginning, you exchanged the truth about me for a lie. You worshiped and served created things rather than me, the Creator (Romans 1:25). You have sinned and fallen short of my glory (Romans 3:23). Just as I said to Adam and Eve, the penalty for your sin is death (Romans 6:23; Genesis 2:17). And in your sin, you were spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1). You were children of wrath, living as enemies to me (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 5:10). You turned aside from me. You became corrupt. There is none who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:2–3). What you deserve is my righteous judgment (Psalm 7:11–12).
And yet, in my great love, I gave my unique Son, that all those who believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). While you were still sinners, Christ died for you. While you were still hostile toward me, you were reconciled to me by the death of my Son (Romans 5:8, 10). Sin doesn’t have the last word. Grace does (Romans 5:20).
You are finally free from the slavery of sin and death. There is now no condemnation for you (Romans 8:1–2). All your sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9). All your unrighteousness has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7, 9). You are now righteous in my sight with the very righteousness of my perfect Son (Romans 4:5).
You’ve been saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8). You’ve been justified by faith (Romans 5:1). You are utterly secure in me; nothing will be able to separate you from my love in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39). No one is able to snatch you out of my hand (John 10:29). And I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
You Have My Spirit
You not only have a new Father, but also a new family of brothers and sisters (Luke 8:21). You are now part of the people of God (1 Peter 2:9). And together the life you now live is by faith in my Son (Galatians 2:20).
You will be delivered from your body of death through Jesus Christ, and your dwelling place will be with me (Romans 7:24–25; John 14:3). And I will wipe away every tear from your eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore (Revelation 21:3–4).
You will drink from the spring of the water of life without payment, and I myself will make for you a feast of rich food and well-aged wine (Revelation 21:6; Isaiah 25:6). You will enter my rest, inherit the kingdom I’ve prepared for you, and step into fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Hebrews 4:9–11; Matthew 25:34; Psalm 16:11).
The Sun of Righteousness, arising with healing in His wings
“But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. (See also John 8:12 & John 9:5)
The Tree of Life for the healing of the nations
1 And he [one of the seven angels] shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
26 “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
24 “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 30 … your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? … 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. (http://craigtowens.com/2009/04/22/gods-big-hands/)
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise Him in the heights. 2 Praise ye Him, all his angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. 3 Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for He commanded, and they were created. 6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: He hath made a decree which shall not pass. 7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling His Word: 9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13 Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for His Name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Praise ye the LORD.