It wasn’t an anti-Santa sermon; it was pro-Jesus.
Yes, Sunday morning I did my best to keep things positive and upbeat, rather than pound Santa Claus into the ground as an antichrist-like idol that replaces our Savior as the primary focus of this season.
As a matter of fact, a 5-year-old could have sat in the service and not been dissuaded in his belief in the existence of Saint Nick.
The whole point of the sermon was to highlight Jesus Christ by contrasting Him with the legend of Santa Claus. Therefore, even if you still believed in the jolly old elf, there’d be no comparison with Emanuel, God with us.
If you can spare 39 minutes, click on the picture or the link below and listen to the audio of the sermon. It’s a lot more exciting than simply reading the outline – which I also provided (in case you want to follow along or use it – feel free).
“10 Reasons Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa”
1. Santa lives at the North Pole – JESUS is everywhere!
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from the presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”
Mat 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
2. Santa rides in a sleigh –JESUS walks on the water!
“And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see JESUS WALKING ON THE SEA, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But He saith unto them, ‘IT IS I; BE NOT AFRAID.’”
2Ki 2:11 – And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, [there appeared] a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
3. Santa comes but once a year –JESUS is our ever-present help!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Isa 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego
4. Santa fills your stockings with goodies –JESUS supplies all your needs!
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
5. Santa secretly sneaks down your chimney uninvited –JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited!
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
6. You have to wait in line to see Santa –JESUS is as close as the mention of His name!
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
7. Santa lets you sit on his lap –JESUS lets you rest in His arms!
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the EVERLASTING ARMS.”
8. Santa has a great laugh: “HO, HO, HO!” – But Jesus sings and dances!
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love (so deep of an expression that it’s difficult to translate), he will joy over thee (to spin around) with singing (a ringing, joyful cry).
9. Santa says “You better not cry” –JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
He even collects our tears!
10. Santa is most famous for giving gifts to good boys and girls — JESUS was the gift to make bad boys and girls good!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ”
For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2Co 5:21 KJV
*Santa has a list, but so does the Lord: The Lamb’s Book of Life
Rev 21:27 – And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Santa checks his twice a year… The Book of Life only once.
Rev 20:15 KJV – And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Remember #5? He’s at the door of your heart right now.