I wonder what the world would be like without Christmas. No Santas, reindeer, elves. No tinsel, lights, no presents. For adults, no holiday off from work, or double time if you work through the holidays. How many songs would be gone? movies? books? poems? The contributions of Jesus' birth are huge for Madison Avenue, department stores, school pagents, and on and on.
In the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," the main character George Bailey wishes he was never born, and the movie was depicted in a powerful way, the ripple effect of just one man's life can have. This man in the movie had done so much for so many without knowing all the good he had done. With his never being in the picture, many lives were in ruin.
Sadly, there are many people who wish that this holiday didn't exist. Many hate the commercialization, others the religious symbols, some just hate. They wish Christ had never come into the world, they're full of disdain and anger over Him. They don't like the fact that a "ficticious" story could have importance on the path a man. That is a topic for tomorrow perhaps. But the truth is, He was here. He was foretold. He is here today by His Spirit that lives in us by faith.
Jesus was, and is, greater than George Bailey. Jesus is greater than any man, any king of earth, any person that ever lived. Lives have been transformed by this little child of the manger, civilizations have been structured.
"...you will find the child wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying
in a manger." Luke 2:2 (NKJV)
George was depicted as a morally good man, and at the end he could see his worth from a different perspective. (Please Hollywood, leave this story alone, no remakes. I can't imagine what you would do destroying this classic with obscene language and sexual overtones. God forbid.) George Bailey's story is about one man in one town. Jesus however, is about an entire world changed through His life.
I saw this on Facebook this morning:
Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived.
He had no servants....but they called Him Master
He had no degree....but they called Him teacher
He had no medicines....but they called Him healer
He had no army....but kings feared Him
He had no military battles....but conquered the world
He had no crime....yet they crucufied Him
He was buried in a tomb....yet lives today
Jesus is the only reason for the Christmas season!
(Thanks Terry Smit