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Mike talks about the fact that Christmas is all about love. While this is true, the explanation doesnít go far enough. The first Christmas came about because of Godís great love for humanity (John 3:16). Foretold for many centuries, the birth of Christ began a series of events that allowed man to be reconciled to God without the need of sacrifices or human mediators. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became a man and was born in a stable in Bethlehem so that He could die a horrible death and atone for our sins, allowing us to escape eternal judgement and live with Him for eternity.

This love that God displayed by sending Jesus is beyond comprehension. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, knew this better than most and filled his letters with references to it (note especially I John 3:1). Godís perfect love can melt the hardest of hearts, just as the love and kindness the Monkees showed to young Melvin Vandersnoot melted his cynical, Scrooge-like outlook on life.

Such cynicism is easy to find in the world. Typically, those who display such an attitude have spent so much time trying to fill a void in their lives with everything but God that they have found that, as Solomon declared in Ecclesiastes, "Everything is meaningless" (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Blaise Pascal, the great Christian mathematician, once stated that each person has a God-shaped hole in his life. No matter how hard we try, we cannot be fully whole without God; life is barren, hard, and cold. As C. S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity, "Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." See also Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

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