God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 1:6-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
Ever heard the popular Christmas song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"? It is one of those cute songs often shared with children this time of year that talk about being good and receiving gifts. Other songs like this speak of watching out because Santa knows everything. While these songs are fun to sing with the kids, don't get it twisted. Jesus is the reason for the Season. He is our greatest gift.
John the Baptist was sent by God to tell us that Jesus, His only Son and our only Savior, had already come to town to save the world from sin. Yet, when He revealed who He was to His own people, He was rejected by many because they did not accept Him, even as they accepted His gifts. He offered gifts that blew their minds and asked only that they believe and follow Him.
Jesus Christ was sent to light things up on this planet like no Christmas decorations we have ever seen! We now celebrate His birth every year. He offers us the same things He offered to those who rejected Him and by believing and following Him, we become children of God.
I'm not sure if Santa Claus really knows when we are sleeping or awake, or if he knows when we've been bad or good. But for "goodness" sake, we must never forget who was born in a manger and died on a cross to give us the ultimate gift. The gift of eternal life in God's Kingdom is ours because we belong to Christ. Let's remember to celebrate that.