One of my favorite Christmas stories is the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The old cartoon version is the one that I love, especially the song, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.”
The Grinch hated the joy of the Christmas season. He hated that people were having such a great time while he was so miserable. The Grinch was selfish.
Herod hated the baby Jesus. Jesus was a threat to his throne. Jesus was receiving more attention than Herod was. Herod wanted Jesus dead, and devised a scheme in order to kill our Lord. God’s plan was greater than Herod’s plan. Herod was selfish.
Satan hates the Lord Jesus. He does not want to give the Lord praise and worship. The devil does everything in his power to take attention away from the birth of Christ. At this time of year, when Christians have set aside time to honor their Savior’s birth, old Lucifer floods the joyous season with perversion, drunkenness, parties, depression, loneliness and selfishness. Satan is the real “Grinch” who steals Christmas. Satan is selfish.
When we become selfish, we miss the joy of Jesus’s birth. Like the Grinch, Herod and the devil, we want all the attention for ourselves. We want to receive rather than give. Christmas becomes a matter of what we want, not what He wants.
Is the “Grinch” stealing Christmas from you this year? If so, then quit taking and start giving. Give your life to the Lord Jesus and give to Him the worship which He deserves.
Lord, I have taken the attention away from you and put it all upon myself. I repent of my selfishness. Jesus I want to give you glory and praise this Christmas season. In your name I pray, Amen.
Wise Men from the East
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
The Flight into Egypt
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
Massacre of the Innocents
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”