25 Dec A Christmas Carol: Christians take note of the words of Christmas present
When watching A Christmas Carol, the 1984 version with Gorge C. Scott, one of the scene that really grabbed me was Scrooge’s dead business partner Jacob Marley said to him about His life.
“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
How true this statement is and should be at the heart of everyone who claims to be a Christian. That is according to Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46 when He tells us
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?…………..And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
And Jesus says of those who do not do such things, take mankind as their business as Marley said;
“Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
A plight much worse than Jacob’s Marley’s eternity dragging a chain with weights on it.
As well I like the scene with the ghost of Christmas present under the bridge when he opens his robe and reviles the two starting children and says to Scrooge:
“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”
Christian take note of the words of Jacob Marley, they are Charles Dickens rendering, life application of the words of Jesus, His warning just as the ghost of Jacob and Christmas present, take head before it is too late.
Read my Post on Another Day, it very much relates to business of mankind what Jacob Marley referring to and who the boy of Ignorance and the girl of want are the ghost wae referring to, read it here.