My 4-year old son Joel has never sat on Santa’s lap, and it’s looking like he never will. Oh, he’s had opportunity. Every year his big brother Kevin plays piano at the American Bank Christmas open house. And every year following the recital, Santa comes out with a jolly, “Ho, ho, ho.”
Joel’s first and second years at the recital, he was asleep, making an enjoyable concert for his parents. The next few years Joel was awake, but wanted nothing to do with that big, loud fellow in the red suit.
This year, Joel was content to stand near the punch table and watch the other children visiting with Santa. Joel tipped his head to me and queried, “Is this make-believe?” Now where did he get an idea like that?!
Our dear neighbor standing nearby overheard the conversation. She assured Joel that Santa has many helpers because he has to go all over the world. But Joel still wasn’t convinced he needed to sit on this helper’s lap. Just a few hours later we were watching the beautiful lighted Christmas parade on main street, and guess who was on almost every float…Santa! No wonder Joel was skeptical!
I’m amazed that Joel could go from being scared to skepticism of Santa with no in-between years. Yet I am not too sad, for Jesus is the One in Whom I want Joel to believe. But it makes me wonder if some of us are the same way with God. Do we move from being scared of our Creator to being skeptical that He even exists?
Today I assure you that our Triune God most certainly exists! He is God the Father, Creator of the Universe. He is Jesus Christ the Son, Savior of our souls whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. He is the Holy Spirit who dwells in all who believe. You can read His true story in the Bible, from Creation to Jesus sacrificial death and resurrection, to His eminent return. It is all true.
Yes, Virginia, there really is Jesus!
Today’s TEA CUPP: My dear friend, regarding our Lord and Savior Jesus, I don’t want you to be scared or skeptical, only have faith and trust. As my prayer has been for our son Joel since before he was born, I pray that you will love and follow Jesus. Climb up in Jesus’ lap today and share your heart.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 (NKJV)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.