The Reel Christmas
There is a popular saying in our culture today – one simple word: Believe! You can find “Believe” on T-shirts, plaques, stationery, cups, magnets, buttons, pillows, posters, and even ornaments! It appears that within the psyche (that which is responsible for one’s thought, feelings, and conscious brain functions), that humans have a deep desire to “Believe” in something. Now we’re not talking about the “believing” in your favorite sports teams, or in your own or someone else’ abilities, etc. Mankind wants to believe in something they can’t see, something “magical” or “mystical.” To be able to believe in something you can’t see or have never seen is called “faith.”
Movies have been made, Books have been written, Cultural Phenomena followed and Religions established and followed – all because of this desire to “Believe” and to have and exercise “faith.”
When one struggles with believing and having faith, there is a cynicism that exists and continues to develop within the human “psyche.” There is good reason for this cynicism. It comes from the Enemy whose very existence is the anthesis of living a life of faith in the Jesus of Christmas. The Enemy does not want us to have faith… to “believe!”
Hebrews 11:6 – “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
How important is it to believe… to have faith? Well, how important is it to please God?
Going through life without pleasing God is to live life void of the very existence He planned out for you, a plan that was made even before you existed.
Jer. 1:5 - “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you…”
We must believe!
There are however, many skeptics who find it extremely difficult to believe and exercise faith. They struggle, with the basic concept of believing in something they can’t see. Because they can’t accept something by faith, they cover their lack of faith by calling it a “crutch for the weak-minded” or a failure to exercise “common-sense.” They fail to incorporate into their “psyche” or “frame of mind” the concept of faith.
In the Movie: “Miracle on 34th Street” – we see an entire movie based on the subject of “Believing” and having “Faith.” In this movie, Kris Kringle, a.k.a. Santa Claus sums it up well with the quote: “If you can’t accept anything on faith, then you’re doomed for a life dominated by doubt.” You see, the whole concept of Christmas, the birth of the Son of God, born of a Virgin, in a stable, none the less, is just too much for some to believe and accept in faith. And without God putting on flesh, you might as well forget the rest of the story. Christmas is meant to be incorporated into our “psyche”… into our “frame of mind.”
Kris Kringle says: “Christmas isn’t just a day… it’s a frame of mind.”
How is your frame of mind – your “psyche?” Have you embraced God’s plan for you? Have you exercised faith? Do you believe?
I can assure you today – it is God’s will, his “Gift” for you to believe, and receive eternal life. Nothing less will do. You will have “less”, period, if you don’t have faith and believe.
Romans 2:8-10 - 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Are you like some in the movie? You can’t believe?
John 20:24-29 - 24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),[c] was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
A line from the movie from George Seaton, the screenwriter for Miracle on 34th Street: “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” Today, through the eyes of faith believing, would you look into the manger? Would you look full into the wonderful face of Baby Jesus and accept Him as God’s Gift to you?
In times past, from the beginning of the Old Testament God spoke to us through prophets. But the gap that sin created between us and God still existed. The law could not change the sinful heart of mankind.
Then, in His timing, the Old Testament ended - words from His prophets ceased. For 400 years the priests went about their duties without any additional Divine Instruction or Inspiration. Then when God’s timing was perfect, His silence with Mankind was broken by a cry of a baby born in Bethlehem. And we who once walked in darkness have seen a great light.
And then the gap… closed – that is for anyone who believes.
Have you closed the gap between you and God by believing in Jesus Christ – only – for your salvation?
This can be your best Christmas ever!