It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'” (Romans 14:11, NIV)
When Jesus was born he had many visitors. Three wisemen, Kings from the east, shepherds, and all of the animals that were in the stable were making their sweet sounds to help Baby Jesus sleep.
However there was one visitor that was different than all the rest. He came in with a tear in his eye as in worship and awe.
He looked differently than most visitors; he was one that had joy. He had a big white beard that had tear stains on it. He had a jolly look but tonight he had a serious look and one of awe and reverence.
He carried a large pack on his shoulders which appeared heavy and worn. His clothes were sooty and worn and his boots were scuffed as if he had worn them many hours.
As he knelt and prayed at the crib of the Baby Jesus, he was heard saying, “You, my friend, are the real reason for the season. Please forgive all humans for their selfishness and greed. There is no better gift for anyone to receive than to receive your salvation into their lives.”
The visitor then turned to his pack he had been carrying and now was on the floor all askew. He said, “I wish there was a gift I could give to you my King, as I know you are the reason for the season. My gifts are so miniscule and small – nothing for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
Then the Visitor thought quietly and said, “The only gift I have for you is my heart and life.” He said, “Okay my Lord, I accept your gift for me and in return I will give you all of my love and affection forever and I will never forget this day, your birthday, the Birthday of the King.” The baby looked up at him and smiled as if he was pleased with the old man’s gift. The old man had peace in his heart. He knew his gift was accepted by the Baby.
As the old man (Santa) turned to leave he was heard to say, “I have seen the King of Kings and the Lords of Lords and I have joy unspeakable and full of Glory. I came to give him a gift and he in return gave me the best gift anyone can receive – eternal life.”
This is a simple little story that we know never really occurred but the next time you think of Santa maybe you will think also of the gift he was given by Jesus.
My friend, today if you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord this is the perfect time of year, the Christmas season, to receive the ultimate gift the gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Just pray this prayer:
Father God, I am a sinner. I need the Love, Joy, Peace, that only you can give and I thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for me. Forgive my sins and take my messed up life and make it new and fresh. Thank you Father for the real reason for the season and the best gift ever. In the name of Your Son Jesus we pray, AMEN.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pastor Pat Dittert lives in a berm home in Central Iowa with his lovely wife Nancy and 5 fur babies. Pat lives with Chronic Pain from a number of surgeries and injuries. Brain Tumor surgery left him disabled and unable to do most physical activities. He is also a survivor of Cancer and now has 4 stints in his heart. Pat has several Internet Ministries, and is a freelance writer with Christian newspapers, books, Internet, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org