How Is Hallmark Missing the Mark?
Although Hallmark have it right that Christmas is a time to fall in love, it’s mistaken in its focal point of love during this special holiday.
Because God loves a happy ending, too, He has written the most epic Christmas love story of all time, of a happily-ever-life that will never end. His story has all the ingredients, too, which viewers seem to love watching during the holidays. Just like Matthew 18:11 explains, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”
As a Hallmark Christmas movie, God’s love story might have a film synopsis something like this: “In ‘A Christmas Rescue,’ a Prince from a faraway land is sent by His Father, to save His Bride-to-be from the evil one. Viewers follow the Prince of Peace as He saves Her, traveling through all time and ages to free His lost love from eternal captivity.”
In God’s Christmas love story, one day soon all who believe in Jesus will be presented to Him as His Bride (the Church), radiant without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless, (Ephesians 5:27) loved by Him and washed clean in His own blood (Revelation 1:5).
As John 3:16 explains, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
And in Hallmark Christmas movie fashion, everlasting love is realized in the happy ending to come. “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready”(Revelation 19:7).
What Draws Us to Hallmark Christmas Movies?
So what makes Hallmark Christmas movies so popular? And what draws us to watch them?
Growing up in church, I often heard people say how everyone has a spiritual hole in their heart that only God can fill. Hearing it as a child in reference to a spiritual heart condition, it surprised me to discover as an adult how every person born enters into the world with a physical hole in their heart.
Medically speaking, all of us are born with a broken heart. Although most holes close after birth unless there is an issue, maybe being born with a hole in the heart represents in the natural, what is true in the spiritual, of everyone having a spiritual hole in their heart at birth.
Spiritually speaking, we are all born in sin, which has created the hole in our heart that only God can fill. As Psalm 51:5, describes, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
Every person is looking for love to fill this spiritual hole. Is it possible that Hallmark Christmas movies give us hope that there is someone to fill this hole in our hearts?
If so, we don’t have to worry because God sent Jesus into the world to fill that hole with His love. Psalm 147:3, explains how, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
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