Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Dec 17, 2020

The Grinch - 3 Sizes #4

Welcome back to TWBC and our interactive family series, The Grinch. Tonight is the night—the night where the Grinches heart grows 3 sizes. There was also another day where a transformation happens, a day when 3 gifts are given and how it directly relates to you. The question is, "Will today be a day of transformation for you?"

Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"

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.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

 The Grinch “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store, maybe perhaps Christmas means a little bit more.”

Born to be King:

Gold: The gift of gold was a "Declaration Gift."

The gift of gold was often reserved for royalty.

The Magi told King Herod that they had come to see the one born king of the Jews. It is clear that they recognized Jesus as being royal, but the question is, why?

The issue is the star of Bethlehem. The Magi had seen the star. They recognized the importance of it in the sky as a sign of a spectacular birth.

The Magi brought gold in some form, whether it was jewelry, coins, or just pieces, we are not told. The importance of the gift was that it represented the fact that Jesus was royal.

Proverbs 18:16 “A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.”

Many people never fully come in contact with God's full greatness because the gift we offer is so much less than a King deserves.

The Grinch "What happened then, well in Who-ville they say, the Grinch's small heart grew 3 sizes that day."

Born to be Worshipped:

Frankincense: The Gift of Frankincense was a "Directional Gift."

The gift of frankincense is somewhat unusual. Frankincense was a highly valued commodity and relatively rare. The Jewish people had a specific use for frankincense that was directly connected to the worship of God.

In the Temple, the Jews prayed before the Altar of Incense, which was always kept burning. The substance burned on that altar was frankincense. When frankincense is burned, it gives off a sweet-smelling white smoke. The smoke rising from the altar of incense represented the people's prayers rising to God in heaven.

The only use of frankincense for Jews was at this altar, and it was reserved for the worship of God.

The Magi presenting this gift to Jesus represents the fact that He was indeed divine.

The Grinch “And then, the true meaning of Christmas came through then he found the strength of 10 Grinch’s plus two.    

 Born to Die:

Myrrh: The Gift of Myrrh is a “Prophetic Gift.”

The gift of myrrh seems the oddest of the gifts.

Myrrh was a precious commodity and had many uses. The most common use was perfume. Sometimes myrrh might be used in the wealthy's homes to create a pleasant fragrance but was generally reserved for special instances.

The primary use of myrrh was for burials. Myrrh was placed on the cloths used to wrap burial bodies to help prevent the smell of decay following death.

 The Magi presented this gift to Jesus as a representation that He would one day die. The gift almost seems to convey the fact that Jesus was born to die.

 John 19:38-40 “After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.”

God knew from the beginning the price he would pay for the birth was would be paid for with his blood and death.

Romans 5:8 “When we were sinner Christ died for us.” Jesus was born to die for you.

 When you find the true meaning of Christmas, Christ alone, you will discover POWER times 10.

 Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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