Christian Themes In It’s A Wonderful Life | Finding Christ In Cinema

In It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey shows us what it means to be a true servant. Through him, we see that selflessness is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as one of the requirements for following Jesus.

This image shows a poster from the film 'It's A Wonderful Life' starring James Steward and Donna Reed.

According To The Grace Given To Us

This sense of giving of oneself is what Christ calls us to do if we want live with Him in the new heaven and the new earth. In Luke 9, He urges us to deny ourselves and take up our own crosses. After that admonition, He doles out one of his famous proverbs: “for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24). George Bailey gives up his “life” – his hopes, dreams, and aspirations – in order to save the lives of everyone who depended on him.

Members Of One Body

Although technically not a Christmas film per se, It’s A Wonderful Life focuses on the theme of giving – not the kind of giving that only gives when it is certain that the gift will be reciprocated, but the selfless kind of giving that doesn’t expect anything in return. It is this theme of giving that embodies itself in the character of George Bailey who, from even his childhood, has always blessed others by putting them above himself.

Christian Themes In ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.

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