Christmas and a Movie

Hey every one. Happy week-before-Christmas. The craziest week of the year filled with last minute preparations for the most celebrated holiday. Which, by the way, if one more person says to me “Happy Holidays” I’m going to give someone a piece of my mind. (Or maybe I’ll just think about doing it.) Why isn’t it politically correct to say Merry Christmas? Is Christ’s name so offensive that even when it’s a prefix, it has to be removed from our greeting of HIS day? What else do we have to offer as gifts to each other but His Name? For by His Name we are Saved, by His Name we are healed!………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I do, however, understand we share the same day with Hanukkah, so why not say “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah” in the same greeting? A little culture for ya…Hanukkah is a Hebrew word for dedication. In brief, it’s the celebration of returning to the Temple, removing all idols and rededicating the Sanctuary once again to God. We are now that Temple (1 Cor. 3:16) so what a great reminder this Christmas Season! Let us Return to God, Remove the idols we’ve gathered over this last year, and once again let us Give ourselves entirely to God. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

I wasn’t planning to write all that but oh well. The real reason I’m journaling to you is in hopes you would do me a favor. If you find the time there is a new movie out that you just have to see. I hardly ever recommend movies and I would never waste a tour journal by speaking of one but I must say this is a must see, especially this week before Christmas………………………………………………………………………………………. Last week I was invited by some friends to see The Nativity, I hesitated, hearing the unpleasant reviews of the film, but I went anyway. Not expecting much of anything I just sat and waited. It’s a rare occasion when I am captivated by a film. I usually become distracted by the wardrobe, camera angles or the script but this time I was captured at the very beginning. The script I knew so well for I had read it hundreds of times in Luke, and yet in that theatre the Word came to life and I found a new perspective in it. I saw the true humanity of these Godly people. I could sense their struggles and just for a moment I tasted a hint of their burdens. One of the things that challenged me was as I observed how Gabriel came to both Zachariah and to Mary presenting both impossible situations. Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth, who were beyond the age of childbearing, were to have a son. Mary, a virgin with no Husband was to also have a son. Similar circumstances both had their impossibilities and yet their responses were totally different. Zachariah responded by reminding Gabriel how old he was and pretty much how it was impossible. Mary, on the other hand, when she heard the promise, spoke “ Behold the Bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according you Your word.” I have wondered since this revelation how do I respond to God? Do I say; “Lord, it is impossible!” Or do I take Mary’s approach and realize “God you are Good! I believe what you speak no matter what I think or what the obstacles hold!”
Mary and Elizabeth share a sweet moment in the film where Elizabeth being filled by the spirit speaks to Mary.
“Blessed is she who BELIEVES that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (Luke 1:45) To me this was a confirmation of her Trust and an encouragement to continue in that walk of faith. This, in turn, was and is an encouragement to me to continue to believe in the fulfillment of His promise……………………………………………………………………………………………..

So as the lights came up and the credits rolled I realized I was a mess. I had used up all my Kleenex and my makeup was completely off but my heart was light for I had yet another chance to see just a glimmer more of who My God is and how Great He is. For He sent His son from the highest of heavens to the lowest place of earth that He may live a life of sacrifice and Die a sinners death. He fulfilled His promise to be a ransom for many and I was so blessed in the reminding.