We all know how Santa thinks. He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out whose naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town. Of course this encourages us to be on the nice list and get our reward. This is a good technique for creating civil righteousness, that is outward behavior that benefits society. Nothing wrong with that. If getting a present for christmas keeps you from disrupting society than great! Santa basically acts as our parent or government. We get Santa punishment and reward all year round! What’s so special about December?
But Christmas is actually not for those on the nice list. Unlike Santa, who apparently sees you while you’re sleeping, God truly knows your heart and your mind. Therefore no matter how good you might look on the outside to Santa, God knows you belong on the naughty list. It’s coal in your stocking!
But wait, the angels say something different that first Christmas. They came to shepherds keeping their fields at night. I’m not sure we can confirm these guys are on the nice list. Likely, they were not. Usually shepherds would be rough handed dudes who you might find at the bar after work. Doesn’t mean they were bad per se. But they weren’t the blessed Virgin Mary ok. Yet the Angels say, “For unto YOU is born a Savior.” Whether you are on the naughty list or not.
Well actually Jesus birth is especially for those on the naughty list as He tells a group of Santas who questioned why He ate with sinners. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Of course its clear we are all sinners (on the naughty list.)
So Merry Christmas sinner! Jesus was born for YOU. He died and rose for YOU! And He gives presents to you, presents only a naughty person and dying person can appreciate! Forgiveness and eternal life.