The Christmas Story is simply a love story. Not a cheesy, predictable, assembly-line-produced Hallmark love story. No, it is a beautiful, timeless love story for all ages.
Its cast consist of relatable, everyday, non-perfect people. People with hopes and dreams, fears and reservations, faith and trust. But like all good stories, it has a Hero. This Hero is flawless, beautiful, kind, generous, compassionate. He was born on the wrong side of the tracks; his birth surrounded by scandal. Perhaps this is why He is driven by compassion. He has experienced being an underdog, rejected, judged. So He accepts all, loves all. Sinners and underdogs love to hang out with Him.
The story line of this great story is historical, intricate, unpredictable, and epic. It transcends time. The nuances are so detailed, each time it’s told, you learn something new about the characters.
It’s plot is simple, yet complex. It’s a story of a Father’s love that is so powerful, so extravagant, so consuming that He willingly and with fore thought sacrificed everything to redeem and rescue His children. It’s like the movie, Taken, where a Father is willing to do whatever it takes to save his child but better!
It’s a story with a climatic ending. It seems as if the nemesis has won. The Hero dies violently, gruesomely. All is lost, the Father’s plan appeared not to have worked. But spoiler alert, the Hero resurrects after three days, completely destroying the nemesis and all his plans. The Hero resurrects with all power, all authority and sets everyone free! He then delegates that authority and power to His now adopted sisters and brothers. (Who saw that coming?) Then the Hero’s adopted sisters and brothers go throughout the earth wreaking havoc on the kingdom of darkness, healing the sick, and preaching the gospel.
The Christmas story is powerful. It’s beautiful. It has everything you need for a good love story: A handsome Hero, relatable characters, redemption, hope, and a happy ending. It has an amazing sound track featuring such beautiful songs as, “O Holy Night”, “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Joy to the World”. I give it a gazillion thumbs up! Although it’s a “categorized” as a Christmas movie, I watch it throughout the year. I encourage you to do the same. It’s that good!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV