On this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we examine the 1999 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic ghost story A CHRISTMAS CAROL. We chose this version because we’re both fans of Sir Patrick Stewart, and we believe he does an excellent job as the mean and miserly Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge (but really because Michael’s wife insisted).
Come In And Know Me Better, Man
The focal point of our discussion, though, is the second of the three Spirits whose coming was foretold: the Ghost of Christmas Present. He’s jolly, he’s giant, and he’s really a picture of Jesus. He invites Scrooge on a journey to see how Christmas is kept around the world. Invisible to others, they visit the Cratchits, nephew Fred and his party, and then venture to the prison and union workhouse that Scrooge “supports” in lieu of donating to charity. The Spirit then convicts Scrooge by revealing to him the children known as Ignorance and Want. When Scrooge asks if there are any shelters or charities to help them, the Spirit cuts Scrooge to the heart by using his own callous words against him.
Come Unto Me
These two traits of the Ghost of Christmas Present – being both warmly welcoming and icily indignant – are what connect him in behavior to Christmas. Jesus invites the world to join Him thusly: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” However, he is also very careful to convict those who need it, as He does with the Pharisees quite often throughout the Gospel narrative.
Christian Themes In ‘A Christmas Carol’
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