Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014 “The ‘God Tuxedo'”

“I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul!He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara.” (Isaiah 61:10)

“Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!”          (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Good Morning Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

These past weeks, I have been reflecting on the theological connections between some of the most beloved secular Christmas movies and the true story of the Incarnation we find in scripture. I am not really surprised to find that in these films, be it intentional or not, there are spiritual truths illustrated in the plot lines of the film. We are, after all, creations of the Living Lord, and even the most heinous of sinners cannot help but reflect some of His handiwork, having been made in his image. But back to the movies! One of the more recent Christmas films, which actually spawned two sequels is “The Santa Clause”. In the film, a divorced father named Scott Calvin has his young son with him on Christmas Eve. After they have both gone to bed, on the rooftop “there arose such a clatter” that the boy awakens his dad to investigate its source, believing it to be Santa and his sleigh. The dad hears it as well and goes out to investigate. Sure enough, Santa is on the roof, as is his sleigh and the reindeer. Scott shouts up at him, and the startled Santa slips off the snowy rooftop to his ultimate demise. He disappears, but his suit remains. Scott (dad), puts on the coat and is magically transformed into the new Santa. There’s a lot more to the story, but you can watch the film and get the rest for yourself. The spiritual connect I would like to make is this: In clothing himself in the Santa suit, the old Scott Calvin and his heretofore self-centered, self-absorbed, success-driven life is transformed into “a new creation”. He becomes something greater than he had been. He is not simply a man dressed like Santa…he IS Santa. The old life is gone…the new life has burgeoned.

In Isaiah’s prophesy, it is the Lord who accomplishes this miraculous transformation. Isaiah writes, He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara.” Scott Calvin became Santa Claus by putting on the suit of the rightful owner of the suit. The Lord outfits us in a “robe of righteousness”…his righteousness, a “God-tuxedo” that fits us perfectly. He places a crown upon our heads, “a jeweled tiara” of royalty. And what happens when this is done? Paul tells us, “Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!” We are transformed, not into some mythical figure of childhood, but children of the Living Lord! There is a “God tuxedo” with your name on it waiting for you. There is a jeweled crowned fashioned by the King himself designed for your coronation. It’s time to get a fresh start. Check it out…put it on…you’ll never look better! Let’s pray!

Mighty God; I want to put on the righteousness of Christ, that I may live a transformed life, full of love, grace, and redemption. Clothe me in that heavenly wardrobe fashioned just for me by You. This I ask in Jesus’ most blessed Name. Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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