When we grow up, it’s hard to believe in Santa Claus. Of course, there are all the logistical problems. Even if he just made one present to every good kid on the planet, that’s still about a billion presents. Not to mention the dilema of delivering those presents – all in one night. And the flying reindeer…
The older we get, the harder it is to believe in Santa. The problem is, the older we get, the harder it is to believe in Jesus too. Did he really walk on water? Did he calm the storm and feed the five thousand? Not to mention the resurrection – was he really dead?
I think that is precisely why Jesus used the little children to illustrate faith for us. “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” It’s not hard for little kids to believe in Santa. Just like it’s not hard for little kids to believe in Jesus and all the miracles he performed, as well as all the other crazy stories in the bible.
It’s the kind of belief that doesn’t even need to question. It’s a “Why waste my time worrying about that” kind of faith. I know Jesus is real. Why would I need to spend any time trying to figure out all the scientific facts about his existence.
Perhaps the question comes to your mind, “Isn’t that what someone would tell you so you wouldn’t dig too deep and discover the truth?” Let me reassure you, all the facts about Jesus line up. There is more evidence of his existence than probably any other historical figure – ever.
Jesus and Little Children
13 Now people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, but the disciples scolded those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Ask God to help you to have faith like a little child. Ask God to help you to receive the kingdom of God in the same way a child would. Ask Him to help you leave all your baggage of doubt from your life in this world behind, and to step into a life in His kingdom with the kind of faith it takes to believe in Santa Claus.