A friend of mine and I were talking last week about a recent play he had seen for the first time. It was none other than Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. I have always enjoyed the theater and particularly the classics. “Hamlet” is just such a classic. As our conversation progressed we inevitably talked about what he liked and disliked about the play. As with most Shakespearean tragedies (spoiler alert) pretty much everyone dies. This is the part of the play he found most troubling. When I asked him why or what he would have liked to have seen differently he thought for a moment and then replied, “I would have liked to have seen a savior.”
This struck me as both relevant and perhaps unintentionally profound on his part. There’s a reason we call these types of plays “tragedies”. Everyone dies! It is slightly similar to many modern day “horror” movies. You know the ones I’m talking about right? The one where it looks like at least ONE good guy is going to survive, only to have the movie end with the bad guy getting them right before the credits roll! (I’m looking at you Stephen King). I would say, in general, most of us do not like these kind of endings. Why? Because there is no savior. Evil triumphs.
And that got me thinking about this time of year. Why do we like it so much? Why does it bring friends and families together more than any other time of year? What story does Christmas really have to tell? The answer is simple. It’s not only a story that has a savior, but it is a story of THE SAVIOR. So take time to reflect on what this Savior means to you and your family this holiday season. If you aren’t familiar with this story and this Savior, maybe now would be a good time for a brand-new story; one that looked to be filled with tragedy, but ended up being a triumph!
-Written by Jason Brooks