“When Santa Shared the Gospel” – a sequel
â€œWhen Santa Shared the Gospelâ€
A sequel to â€œWhen Santa Learned the Gospelâ€.
When Santa shared the gospel, he went first to Easter Bunny.
He wasnâ€™t sure how heâ€™d respond – if he would find it funny.
He wasnâ€™t sure if he would scoff, or if heâ€™d turn his back.
In truth, he had just no idea how Bunny might react.
But Bunny was a friend of his and so what could he do?
The gospel had transformed his life. It could bless Bunny too.
The gospel had led him to Christ and heâ€™d been born again.
So Santa knew he couldnâ€™t keep this good news from his friend.
He loved his friend and had to share he was a new believer,
But he didnâ€™t want to jeopardize their solid friendship either.
And so when Santa knocked upon the Easter Bunnyâ€™s door,
His heart was filled with hope and fear (but fear a little more).
The Easter Bunny greeted Santa with a smile of joy
â€œWhat brings you â€˜round?â€ He laughed, â€œOr have I been a â€˜naughty boyâ€™?â€
â€œWell funny you should say that.â€ Santa said as he sat down,
â€œI’ve actually had that whole system of thinking flipped around!â€
â€œI’ve got something to tell you. I feel awkward. A bit scared.
I know I don’t know all that much, but what I know, Iâ€™ll share.â€
So Santa shared the gospel. It was simple. It was short.
And when he stopped he couldn’t tell at all what Bunny thought.
He worried he had caused offense. Was their long friendship wrecked?
But then his friend said something Santa didnâ€™t quite expectâ€¦
â€œThatâ€™s great.â€ smiled Easter Bunny. â€œYeah, Iâ€™m really glad for you.
You probably didnâ€™t know, but guess what? Iâ€™m a Christian too!â€
â€œWhat news!â€ cried Santa joyfully, â€œThis must be brand new, is it?
How’d you learn about the gospel? Did my elf friend pay a visit?â€
The Easter Bunny laughed, â€œNah, my folks are Christians too!
I was brought up with the gospel. Iâ€™ve always known itâ€™s true.
I attend my local church each week, and mid-week Bible Study.
Hey! Now that youâ€™re a Christian, we can be church-going buddies!â€
At this Santa was puzzled. Heâ€™d known Bunny now for ages.
Heâ€™d never seen him go to church or turning bible pages.
Heâ€™d never heard him talk of Christ or sharing the good news.
And Bunny said, â€œLook Santa, I can see youâ€™re quite confused.â€
â€œSee, Iâ€™m not much of a talker. Definitely no evangelist!
Iâ€™ll answer questions if Iâ€™m asked, but if not, I wonâ€™t insist.
My philosophy is simple. Itâ€™s a saying I once heard:
â€˜Preach the Gospel at all times. And if needed then use words.â€™â€
â€œI like that motto. Words are hard! Iâ€™d rather preach through deeds.
And so instead of talking Iâ€™ve been sowing subtle seeds.â€
â€œLike, you know how every Easter I make you a hot cross bun?
Well, I hoped that cross might vaguely point you the â€˜Jesusâ€™ one.
And the eggs I paint each year are symbols of the resurrection.
I guess I hoped youâ€™d see the subtle gospel-rich connection.”
â€œWhy didnâ€™t you just tell me?â€ Santa asked, shaking his head.
â€œWell, I didnâ€™t want to force my faith upon you.â€ Bunny said.
â€œI had really hoped to ask you if you’d come to church with me.
But for years I’ve just been waiting for the opportunity.â€
â€œOh Bunnyâ€, Santa sighed, â€œIâ€™m sorry that you felt that way.
I understand you feeling awkward but there was no need for delay.
The gospel has the power to save, you shouldnâ€™t feel ashamed!
Youâ€™re the Easter Bunny after all. The gospelâ€™s in your name!â€
â€œWhen I first learned the gospel, I was told it by an elf.
Her example showed me all you need to do is be yourself.
Thereâ€™s no need to be clever. Donâ€™t have to try to sell it.
You donâ€™t have to be subtle. All you have to doâ€¦ is tell it.â€
â€œLook, Iâ€™m all pretty new to this, so donâ€™t think Iâ€™m comparing,
But if Jesus is alive, my friend, thatâ€™s good news thatâ€™s worth sharing!â€
â€œYouâ€™re right,â€ said Bunny sheepishly, â€œIâ€™ve wasted time I know.
I could have shared the gospel with you years and years ago.
â€œWell, no regrets!â€ smiled Santa, â€œLetâ€™s go out and celebrate!â€
The Easter Bunny grinned and said, â€œYou know what? That sounds great!â€
His bunny eyes were twinkling as fresh joy brightened his face,
â€œAnd while weâ€™re out how â€˜bout we go swing past Tooth Fairyâ€™s place?â€