The real Grinch who’s trying to steal Christmas

The transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas starts with an odd phrase identifying the Friday after Thanksgiving as, “Black Friday.” It is believed that this term originated because Christmas sales many times help businesses to end the year in the black, or making a profit.

In 2017 Christmas sales reached $687 billion. That’s almost 20 percent sales for the entire year. The average family will spend $700 on Christmas gifts for family members, friends, and co-workers even though the true celebration of Christmas is supposed to be the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, Jesus, “the Christ,” which means, the Messiah.

I suppose by buying gifts and giving them to others on the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, we feel like we are honoring God for giving us the best gift ever, Jesus. Still I think many if not most people in our current culture have had the True meaning of Christmas hijacked by the real Grinches who are trying to, and to some extent have successfully distracted the bulk of the populous, even seasoned and mature Christians, into making the birth of Jesus secondary in the Christmas celebration. What an Oxymoron, taking Christ out of Christmas while leaving His name on the calendar.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against giving gifts and celebrating with family. Based on the popular movie, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” In the end of the movie, with all the presents stolen along with the lights and the trees, the people of Whoville still celebrated Christmas, because the Spirit of Christmas is the eternal gift God has given us through Jesus, His Son.

However, the fabricated so called, “Magic of Christmas,” theme is propagated in almost every advertisement on T.V., and the Internet, and on Social Media, instead of the supernatural power of a Promise that God kept when He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born of a Virgin in a humble way, in a lowly Manger surrounded by animals, with Angels singing to Shepherds, announcing the birth of the Savior of the World.

I truly hope that you will unwrap the True gift that Jesus is this Christmas, and share this Truth with your children and grandchildren and family. The Bible clearly predicts the Virgin birth of the Son of God in Isaiah 7:14, and it’s fulfillment in Luke 1:26-38. Read it over this Christmas and celebrate Jesus this Christmas, it could change your life forever.

For those who follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Virgin birth is a prophetic picture of the Church, the Bride of Christ, in the Bible. Mary, while she was engaged to Joseph was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Living Word of God into the earth. You and I as the Church, the Bride of Christ are waiting for the Wedding supper of the Lamb. While we are engaged to the Lord, we are supposed to be found having our hearts impregnated with the Living Word of God, and giving birth to the Living Word’s of God that have been growing in our hearts, into the earth, doing all that Jesus did. Don’t let the true Grinches steal Christmas out of your heart, your life or your family this Christmas. Celebrate Jesus!

The chorus to a Christmas song I wrote last year says, “Oh, I want Jesus for Christmas this year, He’s the gift that keeps giving, with a love that’s so real. Oh, I want Jesus for Christmas this year, and I’ll give Him my heart, it’s His birthday I hear.”

I pray you get Jesus for Christmas this year, and that He absolutely changes you forever! God Bless you!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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