One of my favorite movies about Christmas is The Santa Clause staring Tim Allen. This is the one where Tim, who portrays Scott Calvin, inadvertently became Santa Claus after knocking off the previous Santa Claus from the rooftop. After putting on the Santa Clause suit and spending the rest of Christmas Eve delivering toys to children around the world, Scott Calvin arrived at the North Pole. He was then informed by the head elf, Bernard, that Calvin has invoked the “Santa Clause” to take over as Santa Claus. Scott now has eleven months to put his affairs in order and then to move to the North Pole to become Santa Claus permanently.
What is so humorous about this movie is that as the time drew near for Scott Calvin to head to the North Pole, he began to change. No matter how hard he tries to resists, he gains weight, gains a rotund belly, and grows a white beard. He also starts to get intelligence reports about who is naughty and nice delivered to his home by courier.
The movie reminds me of our transformation in Christ. When we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead, we’ve entered into a New Covenant with God. After that, the Holy Spirit starts to work in our lives to make us more like Christ:
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).
In short, the New Covenant (the Santa Clause) brought about by grace through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8–9), starts a renewing of our mind, body, and spirit to become more like Christ (Santa Claus) every day. We are then equipped for the work God called us to do, which otherwise would seem impossible.