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Santa is fun, but Jesus is better


© Douglas Rahden

December 25th. Loads of houses will be checking out what the chubby man with the red suit has brought them for Christmas. It's a lot of fun.

Santa is fun, but he's not the real hero of Christmas. Jesus Christ is. Here’s why.

Jesus is around all year
Santa is only around at Christmas. You never see him in the summer.

Jesus is on call all year round. There's never a time when we can't talk to Jesus. In December, some people write to Santa, but we can talk to Jesus whenever we want. And Jesus promises to listen to what we say, and always answers by doing what is best (which isn't always what we ask for).

Jesus gives good gifts to bad people
When Santa comes to town, he only gives presents to those who are good. So you'd better watch out!

But Jesus came into the world for bad people. The truth is none of us has been perfectly good. Jesus knows that. He knows there's bad in all of us. But he still loves us, and he came to forgive us even though we haven't done what we should. Jesus is better than Santa because the gift he brings is for people who don't deserve it.

The priceless gift from Jesus lasts forever
At some point, Santa's gifts wear out, or break, or they're no use to us any more.

But the gift Jesus brings lasts forever. It doesn't need batteries! As the Bible says, '...the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.' What price can you put on eternal life, that starts now and is described as 'an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you'? The real price was the life of Jesus Christ given for us when he died on the cross. Santa never died for us. He may be fun, but Jesus is far, far better.

Why not receive the gift of life from Jesus this Christmas?

Need a rest?

I saw a man the other day shifting a skip's worth of wet top soil from his driveway into his back garden with a wheelbarrow. He started at 8am and by midday he was cream crackered. He needed a rest.

I was talking to a woman who was a live-in carer for her elderly mother. She was struggling under the 24/7 burden of looking after her Mum's every need. It was too much for her. She needed a rest.

Jesus once said: 'Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.' [Matthew 11v28]. What did he have in mind?

Life without sex?

Ed is a Christian who experiences same-sex attraction.

“I can live without sex because sex isn’t the only way for deep and meaningful relationships with other people.”



For more stories like Ed's go to livingout.org.

The LORD’s concern for Barking and Dagenham

Looking at Nineveh (now the Kurdish city Mosul) the LORD said, "..should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left...?" (Jonah 4v11).

The LORD spoke these words to the ancient prophet Jonah. Jonah was having a strop because all he cared about was himself and his traditional way of life. The LORD had sent him to a people not just different from him, but a people who had been the sworn enemies of his own people Israel for many generations.

Maz's story

Maz explains how he became a Christian and the difference that knowing Jesus makes.



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