The Chronicles of Biscuit - Stories about our youngest son, Tyler, whose nickname is Biscuit.
Do you like the Hallmark Channel movies? My family does, but usually I don't pay close attention to the TV, so rarely watch it enough to know what's going on. But this past weekend, the channel had a Christmas movie marathon. I was doing the same....not paying close attention, and I got into one of the movies. If finished the whole thing! (So proud of myself for sitting down and paying attention for that long!) Then I watched another. And another. And did the same thing for the next few days every evening.....into the wee hours of the night!
Monday the channel switched back to regular, non-Christmas movies. My daughter was watching one and Biscuit came in and said, "Oh, great! They're in a conflict, then they'll get back together, get married and live happily ever after! They're all the same." We couldn't help but laugh at his 10-year-old wisdom! But, he's right. They're all the same. Same layout, but different story. But very predictable. And we're glad they are. They're basically "clean" shows and have happy, feel-good endings. Yes, there may be some sad, teary-eyed moments, but you know it's going to turn out right, so not too bad.
Biscuit's idea of the Hallmark movies made me think about the story of Jesus Christ. Here was a man who came to earth to be the Savior of the world. He had great conflict, but "got together" with some who decided to follow Him. The conflict continued and the followers continued. Then He was arrested. A BIG conflict. Then He was sentenced to die on a cross. HUGE conflict. The people of the day must have thought that this story would have a great ending for them and an unhappy ending for His followers. His followers mostly believed, too, that the ending was going to be unhappy - not fully understanding what Christ tried to tell them all along.
But guess what? It WAS a happy ending! It was the happiest and most shocking ending there could ever be! Jesus Christ AROSE!! How surprised the followers were when they realized what their Teacher had been trying to explain to them for so long! And what a shocking revelation when those who were unbelievers heard what they had done to the Savior. Crucified Him.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Hollywood can make up movies with happy endings - sometimes with a little "magic" thrown in to make everything work out perfectly. But Jesus didn't need any magic or Hollywood screenwriters. He had His Heavenly Father. He had the Holy Spirit. That power is all He needed. It's all we need, too. With that power - that Spirit - we, too, can have a happy ending and live happily ever after.
On this GRATITUESDAY, I am grateful for happy endings. I am grateful for the happily ever after God has given His people - those who have chosen to follow Him.
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