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I was struck, during the conclusion of this Sunday’s sermon, by Pastor John’s unique take on the pivotal figure of secular Christmas: 

Santa’s Sack of Substitute Treasures

Therefore, the real contradiction of this text is not the bookstore, but Santa Claus (and, of course, I mean Santa symbolically—what he stands for culturally.)

In Jesus we meet God. We know God. We fellowship with God. In Jesus we find the infinite treasure of the all-satisfying God. Santa Claus, with his moralistic legalism and his sack full of substitute treasures, is the new temple for many.

So you have a choice. You can go with the Santa-Claus way of connecting with God—the Santa temple:

You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why,
Santa Claus is coming to town.

And this is not good news for people like you and me—sinners.

The Jesus Way of Connecting With God

Or you can go with the Jesus way of connecting with God—the Jesus temple.

“I lay down my life for the sheep. . . and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:15, 18). “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). I am the new meeting place with God. “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). That’s good news. That’s the best Christmas gift you could ever receive.


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