Matthew 1:18-23 NIV - This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, t because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” w (which means “God with us”).
Revelation 12:1-5, 9-12 NIV - A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. 4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne…9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
The Grinch Who Couldn’t Steal Christmas
Most all on the earth liked Christmas a lot
But this Grinch, that Red Dragon, certainly did not.
This Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Remembering man’s rescue from his heavenly treason.
A time to remember his failed pride so frightening,
And the One who’d seen him fall from Heaven as like lightning.
But one of the most likely reasons of all
Is how Christmas reverses man’s curse from his fall.
But whatever the reason, God’s judgment or grace
He hated when Christmas put a smile on man’s face.
Staring up from his pit with a sour, Grinchy frown
He spreads misery to bring God’s children down.
For he knew man was rescued by God in the flesh,
He set traps of despair in attempts to enmesh.
“With busyness, sadness, anger, and fear
I’ll make Christmas man’s stress-iest time of the year!”
Then he growled with his Grinch fingers drumming,
“I must trick them to quit before Christ’s soon next coming!”
“I will lie about Christmas to their girls and their boys,
Keep their focus on shopping, or reindeer, or toys.”
“But then! Oh, the noise! I can’t stop their songs!
Songs of Christ’s coming; His saving - forgiving their wrongs!”
“In their eyes He must stay that Babe in a manger,
A harmless figurine who poses no danger!”
But that Baby grew up, though He’d always existed
And all will confess Him, even those who’d resisted.
Christmastime is for many a great celebration,
But the Grinch shook in fear of God’s incarnation.
“For centuries I’ve put up with all of their gladness,
I can’t stop their Christmas, so I’ll fill it with sadness.”
“I know just what to do!” The Grinch laughed in his throat.
“I’ll give them anxiety to wear as their coat!”
“I’ll have them stress, or spend, or get drunk,
Keep them away from this Christ - keep them down in a funk.”
“If I have enough time,” said the Grinch while now humming,
“I may yet prevent future Christmases coming.”
“I’ll turn a Day of God’s love, — His peace, and His meekness,
Into ‘religious injustice’ and spiritual weakness.”
Despite evil desires, the Grinch must remember,
God’s love triumphs beyond just every December.
Christmas recalls our Creator coming to earth,
Showing how much every flawed man is worth.
His list shows we’ve all been more naughty than nice,
So God became human, His blood paid the price.
And no matter our problems, our pits, or our pain,
The blood of that Baby erases sin’s stain.
Though the Grinch tempts and frustrates and tries to abort
God’s children remind him his time is quite short.
Yes the Baby grew up, cutting through Satan’s strife,
Declaring Himself - the Way, the Truth, and The Life.
Christmas helped defeat Satan’s failed insurrection,
And Christ assured it to all by His true resurrection.
At Christmas you may need an emotional lift,
Just remember God gave you His Ultimate Gift.
And one day, soon one day - maybe sooner than later.
You’ll be free from the Grinch and the pain from this hater.
You’ll have your best Christmas not by that which you get.
But the pain and the sorrow God has made you forget.
The Grinch now consigned to that sad lake of fire,
They’ll be no more sadness or death from that liar.
Instead you will see Christ face-to-face,
And understand Christmas - as a day of His grace.
So reflect upon Christmas, may it bring you all cheer!
The kind that is lasting - only when Jesus is near!
Christmas Day will always be,
Thanks to the “I AM He”
May God’s children sing of Jesus, for in Him we stand
Our heart to His heart, and our lives in His Hand!
Revelation 21:3-7 NIV - And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ u or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.