Read 2nd Corinthians 5:11-21
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the favorite holiday movie for millions of people. It reminds those of us who feel insignificant that if we live well, our significance is guaranteed. This may be true, but it is not the primary meaning of Christmas. This story could be told any time of the year. It just happens to be set in Christmas. Even after watching it dozens of time, too many people don’t experience what it promises. This is because the movie does not make a point that needs to be made in their lives. We all do well to remember that we DO NOT get our significance from our own actions or lives. Especially as Christians, we believe that we get our significance ONLY from Jesus’ life. Our good lives, if we live good lives, flow as a response to His Great Life. Even the applause and appreciation that our good lives may earn us can do nothing to satisfy our real hunger. Many people just like George Bailey have jumped off the bridge despite being loved by their communities. A real angel, unlike Clarence, would not so much try to remind George of his personal value, but of God’s value. Only Jesus Christ really saves lives and gives new hope. “It’s a Wonderful Life” really is a great movie. I love it, but the story of the Nativity is, of course, much better, much more heart-warming, much more of what we all need when we feel like nothing. Our separation from God, not our messy lives, leads to real despair. Come home to Jesus this Christmas.
Lord, thank You for the things that have turned out well in my life. Cover the things that haven’t. Forgive me. Forgive me especially for the sin of any despair I’ve chosen to indulge in. I don’t live for me; I live for, in, and because of You. Thank You for giving me Your wonderful life. Amen.