Have you seen the movie The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?
If not, it’s all about a grinch who is essentially trying to put an end to Christmas.
This year, while reading the Christmas story, I noticed a parallel between one of the Bible characters and the Grinch.
King Herod and the Grinch have an awful lot in common.
I remember reading the story of King Herod when I was younger and being scared of this King. He was evil, jealous, brutal, and downright disgusting.
In the story of Baby Jesus’ birth, he definitely plays the role of the villain. He unsuccessfully tried to find Jesus with the purpose of killing Him, because he felt threatened by this new King. He was worried that this newborn would be declared the real king of the Jews, and his power would be dismantled.
This behavior wasn’t out of the ordinary for Herod though. He was not acting out of reaction, but out of planned measures. We know this because not only did he ask the Wise Men to report the newborns location, but this wasn’t his first time wanting to kill someone for “plotting” against his throne.
King Herod also killed his wife at one point because he believed she was trying to conspire against him.
He also killed another wife, three of his sons, and his mother-in-law when he believed they too, were plotting against him.
Don’t worry, I’m not trying to scare you on this Monday morning, there is a point here.
When I look at people from Bible stories, I’m really good at putting them in boxes. For instance, in one box, I have King Herod, Judas, Jezebel, and the people shouting “Crucify him” about Jesus to Pilate. In another box, I have Mary, John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Aquinas, and Priscilla.
In case you can’t tell, this is my way of sorting out the good from the bad. Sometimes I do this in real life too. I put people in these boxes, and often times place myself in one or the other as well.
The thing about these boxes is despite the day that I’ve had, or the things that I did that day, God’s love for me doesn’t change.
As hard as it is to comprehend at times, when God sent His son to earth, He didn’t send Him to save some of us, but every single one of us.
That means He came to save even the people that cursed Him at the foot of the cross.
That means He came to save you on your good days, your bad days, and everything in-between.
That means He came to save each and every person around you.
If God can send His son to offer salvation to people that would ultimately try to kill His son, then we should be able to make an effort each day to love people that are hard for us to love.
If Christmas is all about our Saviors birth then shouldn’t we make it our mission, to fulfill His mission for us?
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-29
As you go about your day, try to look at people the way Jesus does. Instead of sorting them into boxes, remind yourself that Jesus loves every single one of them.
If it’s you that needs the reminder, then remind yourself of this today: you are loved by a Heavenly Father with a love far greater than you could ever imagine. Despite what you have done, or what you are going to do, God still loves you every single day.
Happy Monday friends!
With you always,
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TODAY’S PROMPT —
Today I want you to take a moment to reflect. Do you treat the people around you like Jesus would? Do you love them the way that Jesus loves you?
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.’” Matthew 2:7-8
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