The Real Grinch That Stole Christmas (1 of 4) by Steve Jones

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The Real Grinch That Stole Christmas (1 of 4)
Series: The Real Christmas
Steve Jones
Genesis and Revelation

INTRODUCTION: Let's sing the Grinch Song together.

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus; you're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch. You're a bad banana, with a greasy black peel.
You're a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders; you've got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch. I wouldn't touch you, with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.
You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness, of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch. Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crocodile.

Today I begin a four-part sermon series entitled THE REAL CHRISTMAS. Let's face it, during this time of the year, the whole world is thinking about Christmas. We plan special meals around Christmas. We take trips because of Christmas. We gather with family and friends for Christmas. We spend money on Christmas presents. And we watch MOVIES about Christmas. But when it's all over what do we have to show for it: debt, calories and more ''stuff'' that we don't need but have to make room for.

In this series I want to zero in on the spiritual realities surrounding the birth of Jesus and I'm going to let Hollywood help me. I'm going to use a well-known Christmas movie as a springboard into the topic of each message in this series. Next week we'll talk about the REAL Santa Claus. In week three we'll talk about the REAL miracle on 34th Street. In week four we'll talk about the REAL ''Wonderful Life''. My first message in this series, as you know by now, is the REAL Grinch that stole Christmas.

The Grinch first appeared in a children's book by Dr. Seuss. Anyone want to guess what year that was? The year was 1957 and the book was entitled ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'' The Grinch was made into a popular television special ten years later. The Grinch is a big, green, Whoville-hating grouch who's only friend is a big-eyed dog named Max. The Grinch sneaks into Whoville on Christmas Eve to steal all the presents and food in order to ''stop Christmas from coming.'' In the common vernacular a ''Grinch'' has come to be synonymous with a ''grouch'', particularly someone who shows great disdain for something wholesome.

Is there a REAL Grinch? Is there an evil, malicious, malevolent being that can't stand it when people are joyful, singing, giving and generally happy? Yes, there is. His name is Satan. And we won't understand Christmas, until we understand Satan. Now my point today is that Satan is the REAL Grinch because Satan tried to stop Christmas. When I say ''Christmas'' I mean the birth of Jesus.

Revelation 12:4 ''The dragon stood in font of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.

Satan tried to stop Christmas for three reasons and these ...

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