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Summary: Jesus Christ came so we could have Christmas, because like Edmund wanting more Turkish Delight, we were sinners wanting and lusting after everything but God.

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remember when I was young {very young} and my Mother took me to the local department store (McNeany’s) around Christmastime, and there in the basement by the toy section was Santa Claus. I remember wanting to sit on his lap and waiting for his question, “And now young man, what do you want for Christmas”? I think at that point I got tongue tied and totally forgot what was on my list. (Remember, I’m only about five or six years old. ) Finally, I blurted out, “All I want for Christmas is …”

Oh, you want me to finish it. I think at that time it was some Tonka fire truck or a cowboy hat holster and cap gun (You see I was into Rin Tin Tin, Zorro, and the Lone Ranger at that time).

It happens to many children (and adults) this time of year. I want …--I want …--I want …. I remember when spy movies, James Bond, and TV shows came out and were real popular. I remember there was this toy called six finger. It was a toy gun that looks like a finger on your hand. And there was a briefcase like that which 007 carried with all this trick gadgets. I wanted one of those really bad. I wanted it.

I didn’t get them and I felt that it was not a very good Christmas that year. I’ve never told this to anyone before. I really didn’t think that Christmas came because I did not get those gifts. Now, I know that my parents saw past the cheapness of those items and they did not want me to emulate the cunning, tricking, and spying like qualities of 007.

What I want to focus on tonight is the I want …--I want …. The drive. The desire. The lust.

In our story, The Lion, the Witch, and The wardrobe, it happens to Edmund. I showed it to you earlier. I would like to read that passage from the book. Here’s what it says,

The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with a green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious. He was quite warm now, and very comfortable.

While he was eating the Queen kept asking him questions. At first Edmund tried to remember that it is rude to speak with one’s mouth full but soon he forgot about this and thought only of trying to shovel down as much Turkish Delight as he could, and the more he ate, the more he wanted to eat, and he never asked himself why the Queen should be so inquisitive.

Later, C.S. Lewis writes,

At last the Turkish Delight was all finished and Edmund was looking very hard at the empty box and wishing that she would ask him whether he would like some more. Probably the Queen knew quite well what he was thinking; for she knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and anyone who had once tasted it would want more and more of it, and would even, if they were allowed, go on eating it till they killed themselves.

Desire. I want …. Appetite. Lust. The Bible has a lot to say about these things. Let’s take a look.

Proverbs 14:12 (NLT)


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