COLUMN: The Whos knew the real joy of Christmas

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By George Smith

 Christmas reminds us that joy is available to all of us through Jesus Christ.  The people in the inn 2,000 years ago were trying to bring some joy into their lives. They didn’t have much to be joyful about as a conquered people, oppressed and probably poor. The occupants of the inn had many reasons to be unhappy.

Many guests in the inn were probably trying to dull their senses through alcohol in an attempt to forget their troubles.

This is still happening in our day. There will be more alcohol consumed during the month of December than any other month the year. More people will take their lives in December than any other time of the year. Why? Because many are reaching for joy in the wrong places.

Do you remember the children’s story by Dr. Seuss of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas?” On Christmas Eve the evil Grinch goes to Whoville to steal all the Christmas items, because he does not wish them to have a happy Christmas.

He hides all the trees, tinsel, lights and other items in a cave high on a hill above Whoville.

But to the Grinch’s amazement, on Christmas morning the people of Whoville join hands and begin to sing and rejoice in the celebration of Christmas. The message is that their joy at Christmastime doesn’t depend upon presents or trees or tinsel, or lights.

Dr. Seuss does not tell you where Christmas joy comes from, but allow me.  Christmas joy comes from a God who so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son to come and live among us showing us how to live and then one day the son died on the cross for our sin. Real joy and peace comes through having a personal relationship with the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.