Another entry by John:
I celebrate Jesus as my Passover lamb, my Savior, The Messiah who came and gave me relationship with the Father after it had been broken, the one who commanded us to go into the World sharing His life and establishing the Church. The World would have me believe that the two days of the year the world Celebrates him collectively-Easter and Christmas-Are actually about a super fertile bunny and a fat man that magically fits in everyone’s chimneys, eats their cookies, and gives them everything they want. The world says the Easter bunny laid a multitude of eggs in everyone’s yards. Go find them all????? This is so ironic when you actually think about it, because the religious leaders regarded Jesus’ teachings, life, and love as nothing but fake, a fable, or a lie and pleaded for his death.
Websters dictionary defines an idol as : a greatly loved or admired person, a picture or object that is worshiped as a god. The Lord is a jealous God, He commands that there be no other God before Him. We accredit gifts and blessings to Santa Claus; teaching our children at a young age to worship Santa and expect things from him. But who are we leaving out? Jesus! Jesus is the reason for the season, not to sound too corny. We have created a false god and as a country thrown billions of dollars into a Santa Claus driven Christmas. Have we forgotten who we serve?
Jesus said no man comes to The Father but by Me. (John 14:6)The religious leaders said the only relationship with God is through the Law, and Jesus’ message was against it. Jesus said during the Passover as he broke the bread, “This is My body that will be broken for you, eat in remembrance of Me”.As He took the cup, He said, “This is My Blood that will be poured out for you, drink in remembrance of me.” (1Corinthians 11) Jesus was then betrayed, mocked as a false King, tried before Pilate, selected to be executed in place of a murderer, beaten, and executed. But Praise God, my King couldn’t be killed. Death had no sting, and the grave couldn’t hold Him. My Savior lives-yesterday, today, and forever. The world says Christmas is about receiving any materialistic gift we’ve wanted from a person named Santa Claus????? Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” I celebrate His birth, Christmas, because of the hope He gave me by simply being born, fulfilling the Law and establishing a new covenant. This new covenant was His life, The Gospel. Through this Gospel-Jesus’ life, we obtain Salvation by His grace through being faithful, believing in Him. We are then sent out, Commissioned-Matthew 28:19-20, to proclaim this Love to ALL. To celebrate as the World does, we do the same thing to Jesus the religious leaders did. We exchange honoring Him by denying Him. We follow what we’ve been taught as children. There is fun in hunting for eggs and receiving gifts, but our children should be taught that it is our duty, our utmost priority to Give God all Glory and honor. But the fact of the matter is we are allowing someone to take the place of our Savior, we are accrediting someone else with the gifts that come from the Lord and are encouraging a pattern of lies.While celebrating these Holy days, be sure to instill in your children the real reason these days are considered holidays. My life is dedicated to Him, Jesus Christ. The King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. God, your perfect love is my hope, and my life. I will follow you. Move me out of the way, and use me. Speak through me, I will be your hands and feet. I love you.