A Christmas Carol is the story of love
Scrolling through various streaming services for holiday films I found something quite interesting. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is now being listed as a horror film. I had been paying attention in recent years to how new adaptations of the holiday tale had taken on a darker tone but to see this classic billed as a horror movie troubled me. Everyone will have their own spin on the Dickens story but for myself and many others, it is the telling of a story of love and redemption. It is a revelation of the changing power of Jesus Christ without this Name even being mentioned. I had a pastor once who said that what is caught is often more important than what is taught and A Christmas Carol is proof this is true.
The gist of A Christmas Carol is that Ebeneezer Scrooge was visited by four spirits: His deceased friend Jacob Marley. "At this time of the rolling year," the spectre said,
"I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!" This could be interpreted as Marley's ghost lamenting his fate of being doomed for all eternity and wishing someone had led him to Christ.
The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future gave the misert the opportunity to reflect upon his past, see what people were doing in the present day, and he was shown a future that would only take place if the shadows were left unaltered. He changed his ways and said he would keep Christ-mas in his heart every day and he began giving to the poor. Believers in Christ are to live for Him each day and there are numerous Biblical commands to care for the least of these among us. Scrooge was transformed by the spirits of the holiday season and "Christians" are supposed to be transformed by the saving grace of Jesus and the power of His Holy Spirit. There is nothing horrifying about what happened to Ebeneezer Scrooge and his story should be seen as one of joy and a happy ending as the writer said "Scrooge was as good a his word."
Jesus is the reason
In the old black and white versions of A Christmas Carol, there are always hymns playing in the background. O Come all ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing are the two that have most been utilized. This is a gentle reminder by the film writers of who Christmas is really all about. There is a line in the book that thus far those who stay true to Dickens's writings continue to utilize. It is when Bob Cratchet and Tiny Tim return home from church and Bob tells his wife that Tim said he wanted the people in the service to look upon him a cripple and "Remember upon Christmas Day who made the lame to walk and the blind to see. In a very subtle manner,Charles Dickens has let his readers know that it is all about Jesus. It has been said of Dickens, however, that he considered himself a Christian, believed in Christ as healer and comforter but no one ever heard him confess believing in the crucifixion, resurrection, and second coming.
Christmas a humbug?
There is a humbug to this situation so to speak as there are many who believe in Christmas Day and that Jesus was born who do not accept that He died for our sins. No one knows for certain what Charles Dickens really believed but his writing A Christma Carol still stands as a story of love and not one of horror. Modern technology can make the spirits and the scenery quite spooky but the premise of the story remains the same. There will be consequences for those who have been shown the light and continue to walk in their evil dark ways and their final end will indeed be a horrific tale. All who believe in the babe in the manger, the teacher, and spiritual leader but do not accept Him as Savior, Lord, and King of all kings are deceived. Jacob Marley met a terrible fate but Scrooge avoided it by devoting his life to Christmas. By believing in the Jesus of Christmas as well as His resurrection you can escape eternal damnation which is the most horrific story that ever could be told. You can say humbug as Scrooge did at the beginning of the Dickens tale or allow Christ to transform your life and be born again like the miser.