"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." ~ John 1:29
During the Christmas Season we are often bombarded with television shows and movies that detail the arrival of Jesus Christ. All of the stories are similar in nature in that they show an angel appearing before the Virgin Mary, Mary and Joseph leaving their home because of a census, the three Wise Men in search of Jesus and finally, the birth of the Baby Jesus in a manger.
The newest Christmas movie, recently released, is called “The Star”. Again we find the usual characters depicted in this movie about the birth of Jesus. However, this adaptation details the arrival of our Savior as seen through the lenses of the animals that were present during that time. The movie, of course, was an animation. What is visibly different about this movie is the excitement displayed by the animals. The house mouse is peeking out of his little hole in the wall and overhears the conversation between Mary and the angel. He is excited to share what he has overheard with the other farm animals. The lamb, which feels like an outcast, is so excited about the news that she decides to join Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and even tries to convince the other lambs to go with her. The donkey, which is responsible for pulling a big wheel to grind wheat, is excited because he has always dreamed about one day carrying a king. The one thing that all of the animals have in common is their excitement about the story they have heard from the house mouse – a Savior is coming!
Let us not be outdone by the farm animals in this movie. Their excitement is pure and innocent. We too should be filled with pure excitement and great joy because God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son. John the Baptist called Him the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. In this Christmas Season, let us come boldly before the throne of our gracious God. There we will find mercy, grace and the hope of a Savior.