At the Movies: Day 1

Read: “For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” Isaiah 9:6-7

There seems to be a certain kind of magic in the air at Christmastime. From curling up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate to hiding that perfect present underneath the tree, there’s a enchanting feeling of wonder that is uniquely Christmas. And, whether you’re a Hallmark fanatic, into action flicks like “Die Hard” (yes, it’s a Christmas movie), love classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or even new classics like “Elf,” we all have a go-to favorite Christmas movie that captures the magic of the Christmas season. (Yes, even “Die Hard.” Just try to argue that there isn’t something magical about Hans Gruber falling off of Nakatomi Plaza.)

The world can’t help but long to capture the wonder of Christmas because something miraculous DID happen at Christmas, over 2000 years ago. Jesus Christ was born, and that gift from heaven is something worthy of our deepest longings and desires! The Bible tells us in Luke 19 that if we remain silent, even the rocks would cry out and praise Jesus. So it’s no wonder that the behavior of our culture and even the storyline of our movies is completely transformed. Don’t miss this week as we take a look at all that God wants to teach us through our “At the Movies: Christmas Edition” film.

Ask: What’s your favorite Christmas movie? How does it capture the magical feeling of Christmas?