Summary: Christmas is the season for change
Classic TV Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas is the Season of Change
Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas has always been a favorite of mine.
In this annual Christmas story, the old Grinch who lives on a mountain has been annoyed by the merriment of the Who-ville townspeople at Christmas. According to Dr. Seuss, the Grinch’s heart is two sizes too small, so the Who-ville holiday decorations and celebrations disturb him. Most of all, he is deeply bothered by all the noise, Noise, NOISE of their Christmas morning festivities!
To counteract their Christmas joy, he takes all of their decorations, every last present, all their Christmas food, and every ounce of Christmas preparation that could be bundled up and taken away. The climax of the story (and I hope I’m not ruining it for those who are unfamiliar with the Grinch) is that on Christmas morning, as the sun is coming up, the Grinch looks down on Who-ville, hoping to see their Christmas day sorrow when they realize their Christmas things are gone. But before the Grinch can even slink back to his cave, the Who’s down in Who-ville start singing their Christmas music, joyously gathering together.
"Fa-who-for-ay; da-who-dor-ay; welcome, Christmas, come this way; fa¡Kda¡Kwelcome, Christmas, Christmas day." They continue, singing, "Christmas day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp." The Grinch can hardly believe his ears. He begins to get furious, but then something happens. He suddenly puzzles how Christmas came. "It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags." Suddenly the Grinch realizes that Christmas is about more than presents, or decorations, or a feast. He has a thought he’s never thought before: "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn’t come from a store; Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more."
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS REMINDS US THAT CHRISTMAS IS THE SEASON OF CHANGE.
TRANSISTION This is the truth that Isaiah hints at in his prophecy more than 400 years before birth of the forgiver.
Turn with me to the Prophet Isaiah. He writes one of the longest books in our Bible and he addresses numerous subjects and issues. He would be the main voice of God in the land when the northern kingdom of Israel would be destroyed.
Looking forward to the coming of the messiah he pens a prophetic word, turn with me to Isaiah 9:2,3.
Isaiah 9:2, 3
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; . . .
TRANSISTION This morning we are going to be reminded that Christmas is the season of change by remembering three things.
Christmas is the season of change because. . .
I. Things were not always this way.
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
A. We used to Walk in Darkness
Let me give you three facets of what Isaiah means to Walk in Darkness