(Who Tries to Steal Christmas)
Taking a little liberty from the Dr. Seuss legacy, I’d like to ask, have you ever heard of Whoville? It’s the fictitious town that is “terrorized” by a Scrooge-of-a-man by the name of the Grinch. He is constantly on a warpath, an adversarial mission, to eliminate, do away with, the concept of Christmas in the little town beneath the mountain on which he lives. Spoiler alert: As the story unfolds, he grows tender towards the idea of Christmas after encountering a little girl who is brave enough to face him down. The end finds him completely turned from foe to friend as the townsfolk celebrate a renewed liberty towards the holiday.
“Get real,” you may say! I’m glad you encouraged me! There is a reality behind this children’s story that carries a weight that is of eternal importance. In case you were not aware, there is a real adversary to the message that Christmas seeks to convey. Once allowed, the message of Christmas is transformational and powerful in a life-changing way. This adversary, this antagonist, is worlds worse than Dr. Seuss could ever imagine and he is totally nonfiction. He was the one responsible for the temptation of Eve in the garden of Eden. His curse included God’s statement in Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This scripture is referred to by scholars as the “PROTEVANGELION.” This Greek word defines the Bible’s very first reference to the gospel message. Satan is declared a defeated adversary even from the very beginning of the Bible.
Now, turning to the last book of the Bible we read, “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” (Revelation 12:4). This is a symbolic reference indicating Mary as the mother, and Jesus as the baby. The dragon is the mortal enemy.
Praise God for Christmas, the Christ child is born! However, there is someone in the universe who is very unhappy about the arrival of our Great Redeemer. You guessed it–none other than Satan, Lucifer, the fallen angel himself. He patiently awaits the arrival of the Messiah, knowing his opponent will ultimately be his Conqueror. He pounces at the very moment that Christ is born as we see clearly in the Christmas story. Herod, under the influence of Satan, was the one who called for the death of every baby boy born in Bethlehem. (Isn’t it amazing the consistency and accuracy of the flow of the Bible? It’s awesome to know the end of the story!) Satan, the real Grinch, is at war to this very day making every effort, hurling every insult, and destroying every semblance of godliness wherever he is permitted to do so.
Is there a prevailing Protagonist? Yes! Here He is! “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:10-11).
Jesus succeeds in opposing all the assaults and resistances of the Enemy! He even prevails in and through the lives of those who are 100% dedicated to Him. All who are serious about the Gospel call are those who, armed with the Gospel message of Christmas, are victorious at the end of the day!
The Gospel of Christmas is literally focused like a laser beam in Acts 2:38. Take a moment and read it for yourself. If you comply, and receive the Promise, you will find that all the old Grinch, Satan himself, can really do is make a lot of noise and scare a few fainthearted souls. He is indeed the powerless loser! Jesus is victorious and He reigns supreme. His Spirit is alive and well today!
Pastor Don Haymon II
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