The Grinch, Rudolph and the Christmas Miracle

The Grinch’s plan is simple. He thinks that if he takes all the Christmas “stuff” away, the Whos won’t be able to celebrate Christmas. But the Grinch is wrong. He realizes this while they are still celebrating; even after stealing all of their Christmas stuff.
To quote How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Then the Grinch thought of something he didn’t have before. What if Christmas, he thought, didn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, meant a little more?
And of course, Christmas means more. Christmas is synonymous with hope. This means that God was not done with the world then, and God is not done with him now. We are so loved that God has done something extraordinary to save us and show us the way.
Rudolph exposes this thought. The whole story of Rudolph centers around the misfits. The central misfits are Rudolph and the elf Hermey. Rudolph obviously has some sort of unnatural genetic mutation with his red nose. Because of this, Rudolph is shunned, mocked and excluded from reindeer games. Hermey wants to be a dentist and just doesn’t fit in with singing elves and building toys.
The Red Nosed Reindeer and the Elven Dentist and the whole realm of misfit toys all help us remember that being different shouldn’t mean being excluded. Each of us is special to God. Even though on the outside we are as unspectacular as Charlie Brown’s sad little Christmas tree, we are still loved by God. Our differences do not make us any less than others; in fact, our differences are often just various gifts from God to be cherished and used in the service of all.
Jesus helped everyone understand that it is not enough to love those who love us back, or to only accept people who look like us and act like us. We must do as He did, reach out to people whom others might consider untouchable, unlovable and / or unacceptable. God loves us all, and God wants us to love even the smallest of them.
So, by summing it all up, we can come to understand that Christmas is more than things, and something about Christmas means that even the marginalized have a place, a community and a home. Or, rephrased, Christmas means that there are no more marginalized.
Jesus comes into the world to reach out to all who need him. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, he comes “to bring good news to the oppressed, to heal broken hearts, to proclaim freedom to the captives and to free the prisoners; proclaim the Lord’s year of grace. (Isaiah 61: 1 NIV)
His coming changes the world because He can touch the hearts of those who have forgotten how to love God and their fellow men. One person might be an old Scrooge, or the meanest Grinch imaginable, but even in these extreme cases, the Christmas miracle still has the power to touch people and change hearts.

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