No,Virginia, God Isn't LIke Santa Clause (III)

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Romans 3:21-26

Santa, you know, is a big bluff. He keeps saying that he keeps a record of who’s naughty and nice, and he is always threatening to give a chunk of coal if we don’t shape up. But we know that in the end, even if we are miserable creeps the day before Christmas, Santa will come through. Nobody gets coal.

We would like to think the same about God as well, wouldn’t we, Virginia? We’d like to think that although He blusters a lot and talks about such things as fire and brimstone, in the end He’s just an old softie who won’t do anything about it.

But the Bible, you see, describes God as intensely holy, just, and righteous (see Isa.6:1-5). “Do not be deceived,” said Paul, “God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow” (Gal. 6:7).

The Bible portrays God, in contrast to Santa Claus, as the one who receives us, not by forgetting but by forgiving. Instead of ignoring evil, He deals with it. That’s what Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter are all about. As today’s Scripture says, we are “justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (v. 24).

There you have it. We can accept the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, not by being more nice than naughty, but by simply being willing to receive.

PRAYER

We honor You, Lord, both for Your holiness and for Your forgiving grace. Amen.