The Real Santa Clause (2 of 4) by Steve Jones

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The Real Santa Clause (2 of 4)
Series: The REAL Christmas
Steve Jones
Psalms, Matthew, Isaiah, John

INTRODUCTION: Let's sing.
You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why.
Santa Clause is coming to town.
He's making a list, and checking it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty and nice.
Santa Clause is coming to town.
He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake.
He knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why.
Santa Clause is coming to town.

Today we're continuing in my sermon series entitled "The REAL Christmas." My goal is to focus on the spiritual realities behind some of the myth and tradition surrounding Christmas. I'm using Christmas movies to springboard into my topic each week. Last week we talked about the REAL Grinch who tried to steal Christmas. Today I want to talk about the REAL Santa Clause. "The Santa Claus" was a 1994 film starring Tim Allen as a father who finds himself contractually bound to become Santa Clause when he unintentionally puts on the previous Santa's suit - hence the "clause" in the title. (Show a clip from the movie). There are, of course, countless other movies that have been made about Santa Claus, the red-suited, jolly fat-man who flies around the world on Christmas Eve delivering presents to good boys and girls.

The late E.B. White once wrote that our Christmas challenge is "to hear the incredibly distant sound of Christmas in these times, through the dark, material woods that surround it." This morning I want to redirect our focus by talking about the characteristics that are attributed to Santa Clause but which really belong to God. My goal is that we Christians spend more energy and resources honoring God the father than we do honoring Father Christmas.

Before I go any further, let me issue a spoiler alert. If we have any parents atte ...


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