Today is a moment of truth for many children:
- Was I naughty or nice?
- Did I get what I asked for from Santa?
- Do I even still believe in Santa?
After the gifts are all opened and the stocking flung aside, will they wonder, “If only I had been good.” They believe their bounty is based on their behavior, not realizing it is based on their parent’s budget.
I saw the word “believe” on many Christmas decorations. To some it means believe in Santa Claus, to others it means to believe in Jesus Christ.
This is not a rant against Santa!
But, if you could only believe in one or the other, which would it be? I believe in Jesus Christ because I can verify the account of his birth.
Luke 2:2, “This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.” ESV
Luke gave us the year because it was the time of the first registration of Quirinius. Quirinius can be found in history books besides the Bible. Syria is a real place and people still live there. It is frequently on the news! I can visit Syria, if I wanted, but I cannot tour Santa’s workshop at the North Pole.
To be on Santa’s nice list, I have to be good – perfect all year. That is not the case to be in the “Book of Life” that God keeps.
Let’s look at some of the people on the list of Jesus’ genealogy:
- Jacob – cheated his brother out of his birthright and his blessing, Genesis 25:29-34; 27:1-29.
- Perez – son of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, who posed as a prostitute to get pregnant, Genesis 38:1-30.
- Rahab – the Canaanite prostitute who committed treason at Jericho when she hid the Hebrew spies, Joshua 2:1-24.
- Ruth – A Moabite widow, who married the middle-aged Boaz. No one would give his daughter to Boaz because his mother was Rahab, Ruth 4:13.
- King David – who had an affair with Bathsheba and when she became pregnant, he had her husband, Uriah, killed. That baby died and Solomon was their 2nd child, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25.
- Rehoboam – his first decision after becoming king was so stupid that his kingdom divided. Ten tribes left and he only reigned over two, 1 Kings 12:1-20. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, 1 Kings 14:21-24; and lost all of the treasures of the house of the Lord and his family’s treasures, 1 Kings 14:25-28.
- Joram – (Also called Jehoram) who killed all of his brothers and some of the princes of Israel when he became king, 2 Chronicles 21:1-7. He lost all of the possessions in his house, 2 Chronicles 21: 16, 17. He was so wicked that no one even cared when he died, 2 Chronicles 21:18-20.
- Manasseh – who burned his own son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He shed very much innocent blood, 2 Kings 21:1-18.
- Jechoniah – (Also called Coniah) who was cursed that he would not prosper and his children would not prosper, and he would be the last King of Israel. His children did not live to adulthood and he was referred to as childless, Jeremiah 22:24-30.
Your behavior does not get you written down in the “Book of Life,” your belief does.
- A – Accept that you are a sinner, Romans 3:23.
- B – Believe that Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin, Romans 6:23.
- C – Confess that you believe to someone, Romans 10:10.
Give yourself the best Christmas gift you will ever receive by praying this prayer.
I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing I can do to pay for my sins. I believe you paid the penalty for me when you died on the cross. I accept that gift, and turn my life over to you. I will follow you from now on and I will tell my family and friends about this decision. Thank you for loving me.