December 6, 2020
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11)
One of the many fun activities during the Christmas season is watching Christmas movies. Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Four Christmases, Home Alone, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life. I could go on. But there is one movie that I have grown up with and have continued to love. Drum roll please…How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The original one, of course. A few nights ago, my husband, my daughter and I took our dinner to the living room and watched the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
“Every Who down Who-ville liked Christmas a lot...” (“But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!”)
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion: shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just and having salvation…” (Zechariah 9:9)
“And they’d SING! SING! SING! SING! And the more the Grinch thought of this Who-Christmas-Sing, The more the Grinch thought, “I must stop this whole thing!””
So, the Grinch devised a “wonderful, awful idea” to stop Christmas from coming. And after stealing all the decorations in the entire town, all the presents in each of the homes and all the food for their delicious Christmas dinners, he was convinced he had succeeded. Now all he had to do was wait. Wait for the sounds of sadness as Who-ville woke up to no Christmas. And as the Grinch listened intently, the sound of sadness never came. In fact, the sound he heard was merry. “But it WAS merry! VERY!”
As I watched the movie for the 30th plus time, I had a thought. The Who’s got Christmas right. We could all learn a lot from those little Who’s down in Who-ville. They woke up Christmas morning filled with joy despite every decoration and every present being gone. They did not skip a beat. They held hands and sang joyfully around the town Christmas tree that had been stripped bare of the ornaments, lights, and presents. Their eyes and hearts remained on the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas “came just the same”. And because of their joy, a joy unshaken by the unfortunate events that occurred, it is rumored that the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day.
“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)
As we enter the Christmas season this year, let us keep our eyes on Jesus, on the true meaning of Christmas. I am not saying we should not do all the things, but let us not allow it to be the source of our joy or to take away our joy. The real joy comes from Jesus, the One who will never leave us or forsake us. And, maybe, just maybe, a grinch in our midst will see our unwavering joy and their heart, too, will be filled.