Monday, December 20, 2010

Jesus Has Better News for You

"Santa Claus is coming to town, so get your act together! That is not good news for me. That's bad news...I've got better news for you...way better for sinners...and everyone is walking into the holidays sinning." John Piper

Last year, at about this time, I wrote a post about why we believe it is unwise for Christian parents to tell little children that Santa Claus is "real":

I have to confess, though, that I missed this one...

And, wow, is it ever important!

The Gospel...God, coming to earth, as a human baby...

To live the perfect life we cannot live...

And die in our place, taking the punishment we deserve for our sins...

That we might be forgiven...

and, through repentance and faith, be righteous before God...

This is the true message of Christmas.

"For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us
not because of works done by us in righteousness, 
but according to his own mercy
by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 
whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior
so that being justified by his grace
 we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Titus 3:4-7


Anonymous said...

Your convicting post last year was just another piece of the puzzle for learning to de-Santafy, and re-Christ Christmas. And thank you for another beautiful installment!

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