As a kid, I loved everything about Christmas, and especially everything about Santa! I loved Santa movies, Santa stories, pajamas with Santa on them, putting out milk and cookies for Santa, and of course presents from Santa.
I still remember Christmas when I was 4 years old. We were staying the night at Granny’s house in Silverton, TX. It was Christmas Eve and I was super worried about not being at my house in Shamrock. I was afraid Santa wouldn’t know where I was and wouldn’t know where to leave the presents. My grandpa knew I was worried. I heard a knock at the front door of their house and then to my delight I heard some sleigh bells. I rushed to the door, opened it, and saw a huge bag of gifts with my name on it. In the background I heard, “Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!” Santa found me! Or grandpa did. Either way, that Christmas was full of wonder.
Thankfully, even when the idea of Santa began to fade (as hard as that was on me), Christmas still had wonder. It had more wonder even, because I understood the wonder of Jesus. Jesus came to save us! I am more in awe of Christmas with each passing year. My wife and I and our two boys have been going through an Advent Bible study to celebrate the arrival of Christ. It is such a wonderful thing to know that Christ is Immanuel, God with Us.
John 1:14 tells us, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” God stepped down from eternity onto this earth to bring us salvation. He did this by sending a baby, His son, to be our Savior and King.
The end of John 1:14 says, “full of grace and truth.” Because Jesus is full of grace, He died for you and me while we were yet sinners. Because Jesus is full of truth, He was able to pay for our sins completely.
Here is the good news for people like us. Because Jesus is grace-full, we can come to Him just as we are. We don’t have to clean ourselves up first. Because He is truth-full, we can come to Him in complete confidence knowing that He will keep His promises. When He promises a complete pardon for your sins, He means it.
Christmas is wonder-full because of Christ. I still think Santa is pretty cool, but Jesus is absolutely the reason for the season. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas this year and I pray that you feel the nearness and wonder of Christ.