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Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa

Christmas Jesus' Authority Jesus' Preeminence

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

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ILLUSTRATION

 Why Jesus is Better Than Santa Claus:

 Santa lives at the North Pole...
     JESUS is everywhere.
 
Santa rides in a sleigh...
     JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
 
Santa comes but once a year...
     JESUS is an ever present help.
 
Santa fills your stockings with goodies...
     JESUS supplies all your needs.
 
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited...
     JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.
 
You have to wait in line to see Santa...
     JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
 
Santa lets you sit on his lap...
     JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
 
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?"...
     JESUS knew our name before we were born.  Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
 
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly...
     JESUS has a heart full of love.
 
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO...
    JESUS offers health, help and hope.
 
Santa says "You better not cry"...
     JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."
 
Santa's little helpers make toys...
    JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
 
Santa may make you chuckle but...
    JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
 
While Santa puts gifts under your tree...
     JESUS became our gift and died on a tree...the cross.

APPLICATION

We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas; Jesus is still the reason for the season.

The Barrier Between You And Nothingness

Jesus' Authority Word of God God's Power

Source: "He Commanded and They Were Created" by John PIper, published on Desiring God

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

Scripture: Colossians 1:17

Author: John Piper
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"If God should ever cease to address your body and soul with the command 'Be!' you would cease to be. The only barrier between you and nothingness is the Word of God."

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org.

APPLICATION

Likewise, the only barrier between a fruitful you and nothingness is the Word of God.

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).

Hostage's Family Paid Ransom, Got Nothing

Jesus' Sacrifice Jesus' Authority God's Promises

Source: “Hostage's Family Paid $250K Ransom, Got Nothing” By John Johnson, Newser Staff, Apr 24, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-25

Scripture: Ephesians 1:14 ; Hebrews 7:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Headlines revealed the startling news that Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker and economic adviser held hostage in Pakistan since 2011, was killed in an errant drone strike targeted against Al Qaeda operatives. The airstrike, which took his life and that of Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto, actually occurred in January, though, the White House only acknowledged to deadly mistake this week (4/23/15).

As America reeled at the news, new details have emerged of the long sought efforts to secure his freedom. The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy have both reported that Weinstein’s family actually paid $250,000 ransom in 2012. Though the Pakistan government reportedly worked with the family to deliver the funds through an intermediary, the effort did not secure his release in return.

The NY Times reports his wife as saying:

“We are devastated by this news and the knowledge that my husband will never safely return home. We were so hopeful that those in the U.S. and Pakistani governments with the power to take action and secure his release would have done everything possible to do so, and there are no words to do justice to the disappointment and heartbreak we are going through.”

APPLICATION

Deals are only as good as the word of the guarantor.

It seems that neither the word of the kidnappers, nor even the word of the Pakistani government were sufficient to guarantee the release of the captive once payment of ransom was satisfied. And the failure of the deal ultimately led to Weinstein’s death and his family’s heartbreak. They had hoped that those “with the power to take action and secure his release would have done everything possible to do so.”

Our hearts break with and for the family of Warren Weinstein. To be promised release from captivity, only to have it snatched away, is cruel enough. For rescue to have not come in time, and Weinstein to have died in captivity at the hands of his own government makes his death that much more painful, more tragic.

In a very real sense, we are all held ransom—by sin—the great kidnapper of our souls. Fortunately for us, the One with the “power to take action and secure our release” has not failed to do so.

Jesus is both our ransom and the guarantor of our freedom. He has both paid the price for our sin and guaranteed the promise of our salvation. Spiritually speaking, we will never know the pain of promises broken, nor the tragedy of death at the hands of the One pledged to guard our souls until the Day of Redemption.

“Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant” (Hebrews 7:22).

“The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him” (Ephesians 1:14, NLT).

Jesus--Liar, Hypocrite, Fool

Jesus' Authority Apologetics Skepticism

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-11-20

Scripture: John 8:24

Author: John Stuart Mill and Josh McDowell (separately)
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Coming To The Father Through The Son

God's Accessibility Communion Jesus' Authority

Contributed By: Francis Balla | Date Posted: 2011-11-18

Scripture: John 3:16 ; John 14:6

Author: John Williams III
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Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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Forget What's Behind

Jesus' Preeminence Followership Worry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Man Sues Hospital After He Didn't Die

Cross Spiritual Life Followership

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-31

Scripture: John 10:10 ; Matthew 6:25

Author: Howard Harden / Illustration Exchange
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Don't Rock The Boat

Spiritual Gifts Divisiveness Followership

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-01-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
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The Leaning Tower of San Francisco

Jesus' Lordship New Year's Wisdom

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-29

Scripture: Matthew 7:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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