I took an informal survey of some of my friends and asked them what their favorite Christmas Movie… Christmas Song… and Christmas Gift was. My goal was to have some fun, then it came to me to look for the same in Scripture. Here’s what I found…
Jingle All The Way, Home Alone 1, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation.
Favorite Christmas Song from friends…
Do You Hear What I Hear?, Father Christmas (E.L.P.), Hallelujah Chorus, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Oh Holy Night, Little Saint Nick (Beach Boys), Bells Will Be Ringing (Eagles), Santa Is Coming To Town (Springsteen), Santa Baby (Marilyn Monroe), Christmas In Dixie (Alabama).
Orange mini-bike (’74), 2009 Impala, Hot Wheels car set (70s), Got engaged (’90), Blue dog radio (’68), Kitchen Aid mixer (’88), Pink kitchen set (70s), Black and white portable TV (’72), Cabbage Patch doll (’84), Effanbee Dydee doll (60s), ESV Study Bible (’08), Go Go boots and mini skirt (70s), First bicycle (’67).
Now the same three as found in Scripture…
Christmas “movie.” (Okay… I cheated a little here… but the star at Christmas DID move!)
Matthew 2:1-10, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'” 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Luke 2:8-14, And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Matthew 2:9-12, After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
I hope through this you remember YOUR favorite Christmas movie, song, and gift and that will lead you to reflect upon the salvation given to all who will believe in Jesus Christ.