In the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey, at a desperate time in his life, wishes he were never born. Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class, sees this as his opportunity to save George from a drunken suicide and earn his angel wings. George is so despondent, he is about ready to jump into a river and drown himself when Clarence shows up and jumps ahead of him. Forgetting all about his own predicament, George jumps in after Clarence in order to save him. Clarence knew George would do this because it was always his instinct to put other people’s needs in front of his own. Clarence, then, through his angelic powers, grants George his wish and shows him what the town of Bedford Falls would have been like if he had never existed.
His brother, Harry, for instance, would not have survived a childhood accident that George saved him from, and therefore, would not have shot down a kamikaze plane in World War II that was headed for an amphibious transport, which would have killed everyone on board; his wife would have turned into a spinster; the people of the town of Bedford Falls would not have been able to afford the high-interest loans that the greedy Savings and Loan company that was George’s nemesis mercilessly leveled on them, instead of the low-interest Bailey Park that George created to help them get a head start. George doesn’t even realize the whole town is praying to God for him. It was a gruesome world without George, and a reformed George Bailey begs Clarence to have his life back, thus earning Clarence his wings.
Inspired by this beloved story, this season, throughout the month of December, as Christmas approaches, we want to explore what the world, and our lives would be like had Jesus never been born. Aside from the simple fact that we wouldn’t even know what year it is, what has Christ accomplished in the world, and personally in your own life by coming to earth? We will be exploring this huge question from many different angles which will give us all a fresh new look at Christmas. And we want you to take part. We want you to tell your stories. What would your Bedford Falls be like had Jesus never been born? What about your life?
By the time we get to Christmas, I think we are going to be overwhelmed by the incredible significance of this most important event in human history. We want it to be your most meaningful Christmas ever. So put some serious thought into what Christ has brought into the world and into your life and be sure and tell us about it by registering your comment below, or for a confidential response, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What would the world be like without Christ? You might have a theological answer to this question, a historical answer, a philosophical answer, or a personal answer, but share it with us. Help expand our thinking and our appreciation for all that God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
Think about it. Though no one knows on what day Jesus was actually born, it’s for certain, had He not been born, December 25 would be just another cold winter day.