by Todd Hostetler
Does Jesus love the Grinch?
I’m banking on it…
I have a confession to make. One of my favorite Christmas movies is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” You know, the one where Anthony Hopkins is narrating and Jim Carrey plays “the Grinch”. Why? Because there are days that I feel like the Grinch. Aren’t there days in the Christmas season that you do too? The shopping, time with family and friends, extra baking, Christmas parties…all great stuff, but sometimes… In the opening sequence, Hopkins’ says, “But I think that the most likely reason [that the Grinch hated Christmas] of all, was because his heart was two sizes too small.”
Wow. Did you hear that? His heart. Too small. Yeah, I can relate to that.
Over the last few weeks, God has been revealing to me some pretty convicting things about the condition of my heart as we approach this Christmas/Advent season.
Specifically, I’m concerned about my lack of availability to Him in this season: my desire to focus more on my self and less on His greatness. I want to make sure that I see the significance that came with His entry into this world. In Luke 2:1-7, we see that Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus in the manger, because there was “no room” for them in the inn. In a different story that we are all familiar with because of it’s focus on the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:31-32 caution us about the men who “pass by on the other side” instead of stopping to take notice and to help the man who has been robbed…. Guilty.
Thankfully, that’s not the end of the story. When Jesus encounters the woman at the well, he is completely aware of who she is and what she has done. Yet, he offers her Himself. He is the Living Water. He is the Prince of Peace. And He is Emmanuel, God with us.
A.W. Tozer writes, “Jesus Christ knows the worst about you…nonetheless, He is the one who loves you most.”
And just like the woman at the well, He offers Himself to you and me. Yes, He knows who we are and He knows what we have done. But as you enter into this season, remember that He loves you, all of you, with all your past, and all your future. He deeply loves you.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.