Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
Ebenezer Scrooge — “a grasping…clutching, covetous old sinner!” For years he has scoffed at those who celebrate Christmas: “Bah! Humbug!” Then Christmas Eve, he comes face to face with his own wretchedness – and the doom that awaits him. Scrooge encounters the Spirit of Christmas — Past, Present, and Future. In a heart-rending moment, he discovers the true meaning of the blessed holiday.
Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved holiday stories. It’s a story of transformation. Redemption. Re-birth. And it points us to the very first Christmas story. For it, too, is a story of redemption. Dickens wrote his own version of it for his family. It was called “The Life Of Our Lord.” He began,
My Dear Children,
I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived, who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable…. And as He is now in Heaven, where we hope to go, and all to meet each other after we are dead, and there be happy always together, you never can think what a good place Heaven is, without knowing who He was and what He did.
Who was Jesus? The Bible tells us He was – and is – the Son of God.
What did He do? He died on the cross to save us from our sins. When we confess our sins, believe in Him, and receive His forgiveness, we are born again. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone; the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5: 17)
When Ebenezer Scrooge encountered the true Spirit of Christmas, his life was miraculously transformed. Open your heart to Jesus and your life will be transformed, too!