Andrew Hughes | Category: Christmas
While Santa and God both have a standard of right and wrong and both know whether you are living up to that standard, the gifts they give are based on something altogether different. Santa gives gifts based on whether you are naughty or nice. God gives gifts to the naughty themselves. Santa gives gifts to those who are good. However, God’s gifts are the only hope you have of ever being good. Santa teaches moralism. Christ teaches grace. While getting something for being nice is certainly an enjoyable thing, getting a gift when you deserve the opposite is an overwhelming thing. So in the midst of receiving and giving gifts this week, let each one be a reminder that the gift of Christ was an act of astounding grace, not a reward for being “nice,” and be thankful that God doesn’t act like Santa.
For while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:6-10)
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