the Grinch edged toward the more

illuminated-christmas-presentsThen the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more! 

Are you confused this Christmas? Are you in need of compassion, and yearning for light in this dark world? Are you willing to admit that you’ve not lived up to your own, much less God’s standards, and that you’re helpless in your own strength to fix your own life, or to fix almost anything at all?

Dr. Seuss’s Grinch was edging toward life-altering truth you need to hear. The more of true Christmas — not purchased at a store, but freely given to any who would sincerely ask — is this:

 God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Are you in need of a never-ending life filled with a never- failing love? Are you willing to admit your sin and your helplessness, your confusion and your desperate need for compassion? Are you tired of stumbling along in the dark?

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus, the shepherd you need, the Word of God, came to earth and lived among us:

… the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

He also came to die. And in so doing, he lives to save those who admit their need of him:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

My sin, your sin, crucified Jesus. God made him to be both Lord and Savior, for any who would believe in him:

… know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!

This is the more of Christmas. God promised that he himself would make all right. He’d, in compassion, fix all that is broken. He’d send his son into this dark world to save those who repent and believe in him.

“The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

The time promised has come: Because you needed to know the more, he sent his son, born in the poverty of a manger, crucified some thirty years later on a cross.

His son’s name is Jesus, and he is the more you need.

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Quotes from: Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16, John 8:12, Matthew 9:36, John 1:14, I Tim. 1:15, Acts 2:36, Mark 1:15

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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