This is Christmas

Do you find it hard to sleep tonight,
resting by the Christmas lights?
Could there be something you forgot…?
Beyond the bows and mistletoe,
the tree with presents wrapped below,
there’s more to this that you had ever thought…

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas without Christ…?

Remember how the story goes:
God’s Gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes
beneath a star one great and holy night…
The shepherds heard the angels sing,
the wise men brought an offering.
Peace on Earth began in Bethlehem!

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas if the angels never sang glory to the newborn King?
What is Christmas without Christ?

[There’d be no…]
Gloria in excelsis Deo*!

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger
What is Christmas without Christ…?

This is Christmas: it’s all about the Savior wrapped in the manger!
This is Christmas, because of Jesus Christ!
This is Christmas, because of Christ!

~ Written & performed by:  Kutless ~

* “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”) is a Christian hymn, otherwise known as “Angels we have heard on high”.  This is a reference to the angels’ song as they brought the message of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds in the fields:

Luke 2

8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  10  And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  12  And this shall be a sign unto you:  ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  14  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  15  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  16  And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  17  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  18  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  19  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Matthew 2

1  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  2  saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.”  3  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  4  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  5  And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,  6  “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda:  for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” [Micah 5:2] ”  7  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  8  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.”  9  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  11  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts:  gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.  12  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, and take the young Child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:  for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”  14  When he arose, he took the young Child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:  15  and was there until the death of Herod:  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt have I called My Son.” [Hosea 11:1]
16  Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.  17  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy [Jeremiah 31:15] the prophet, saying,  18  “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
19  But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,  20  Saying, “Arise, and take the young Child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel:  for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.”  21  And he arose, and took the young Child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.  22  But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither:  notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:  23  and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

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Rest (The song of the Innkeeper)

“My hope in writing these songs was to climb inside the Christmas narrative through the characters who lived it, trusting that if I told their stories as truthfully as I knew how, listeners might recognize themselves in their stories:  the innkeeper so exhausted by endless day-to-day demands that he misses the Sabbath Rest that arrives on his doorstep…” ~ Jason Gray
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I found them standing at my door
in the clumsy silence of the poor…
I’ve got no time for precious things,
but at least they won’t be wandering
if they’re sleeping on my stable floor…

There were no rooms to rent tonight;
the only empty bed is mine,
’cause I’m overlooked and overrun
with so many things that must be run,
until I’m numb and running blind…

I need rest, I need rest…
Lost inside a forest of a million trees,
trying to find my way back to “me”;
I need rest…

As a boy I heard the old men sing
about a Kingdom and a coming King,
but keeping books and changing beds
put a different song inside my head;
and the melody is deafening…

I need rest, I need rest…
Like a drowning man in the open sea,
I need somebody to rescue me;
I need rest…

To Rome we’re only names and numbers,
not souls in search of signs and wonders.
But we’re waiting for the day of our salvation –
the Messiah who will be our liberation…
We’re waiting… I’m waiting…

I need rest, I need rest…
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel,
with a sword deliver Israel;
I need rest…

Tonight I can’t get any sleep
with those shepherds shouting in the streets…
A star is shining much too bright,
somewhere I hear a Baby cry…
and all I want is a little peace…

~ Words and music by:  Jason Gray & Randall Goodgame (2012)
Performed by:  Jason Gray ~

Matthew 11
28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” ~ Jesus speaking

Hebrews 4
1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Luke 2
6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  7  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

CHRIST-mas vs Santa Claus

Santa Claus and Satan’s Cause

~ Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
Article originally posted on http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html ~

ReverendFun picture: "Remember the reason for the season."
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 4:72 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
GIVING GIFTS
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
CALLED ELVES
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!

~ Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
Article originally posted on http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html ~

Decorated Christmas tree next to fireplace/furnace.Jeremiah 10:2-5

PS. I have tried (numerous times) to get the spacing right in comparative table above, but just couldn’t get it perfect.  Please pardon the spacing!