A Christmas Carol Part 3

A Christmas Carol Part 3
C. Hayden 1-1-2021
Once more, we will explore a theme from “A Christmas Carol”. We could spend weeks examining the messages conveyed from Charles Dicken’s novel, but this final installment will be one that challenges us and encourages us at the same time. I know that Christmas is a very special time for most, and it is at this time of the year that people are more open to the Gospel’s message. However, we also need to remember that December 25th is not the only day that belongs to the Lord, but everyday belongs to the Lord. During a scene in the film, the Ghost of Christmas Present touches upon this idea as he works with Ebenezer Scrooge on his continued road to redemption.
The scene in question unfolds like this: Scrooge awakens to the very presence of the “Ghost of Christmas Present”. Of course, Ebenezer is quite taken back by this apparition’s flamboyant and very boisterous style. As Scrooge converses with the Spirit, he hears these words coming from this ghostly benefactor. “We Spirits (of Christmas) do not live only one day of the year, but 365 days of the year. Just like the child born in Bethlehem, Who does not live in the hearts of men one day of the year but in every day of the year”. How deep the revelation of that statement! While we may celebrate Christmas only one day out of the year, December 25th is our reminder of the Lord Jesus Christ who is with us (As well as coming in the flesh again), not just one day but every day of the year! Hallelujah! And Amen!
The Message version of the Bible records Matthew 28:20 like this, “Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave His charge: ‘God authorized and command me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.  I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.'” God is not only with us on December 25th, He is with us every single day as we continue to follow Him. So in a way, Christmas Day is only the reminder of Christ’s demonstration of God’s love that He has for us every day of our lives!
Be blessed even more.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Pastor Chris

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