It's A Wonderful Life
By George Stroh
January 4, 2021
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Recently my wife Linda, our grand daughter, Trinity, and I watched again the classic 1946 movie, "Its A Wonderful Life", starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. In the movie, the normally mild mannered, caring, generous George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is having a very bad day, considering suicide, and wishing he had never been born. God temporarily grants him his wish and we learn how just one life impacts so many others. This movie is not recommended for it's biblically sound doctrine, but it is entertaining and the message is certainly true, each life matters.
What if Jesus Christ had never been born? There would not, of course, be an annual Christmas celebration. At least it would not be called "Christmas". Much more importantly,
if Jesus had never been born, then He would not have become a man (Immanuel) sent by the Father to redeem sinners who are offered the free gift of eternal Life; For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23). And if Jesus had never been born, there would have been no sacrifice of death on a Roman cross and no resurrection; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
But thankfully, the Lord Jesus Christ was born. He lived a sinless life, was crucified and resurrected providing forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life for those of us who have trusted in Him; But now Christ has been raised from from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20)
For those of us who know Him as our Savior and Lord, it is indeed a wonderful, abundant and eternal Life!