We Know Jack
October 18, 2013 23 Comments
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fun treat for this time of year for many, twisted as it may be. But upon further reflection of the little claymation film, I came to the conclusion that it’s really not that twisted at all.
Upon a casual viewing of the film it could be pretty disturbing seeing Santa get kidnaped by young trick-or-treaters and a boy pulling a shrunken head out of a Christmas box and a giant python gobbling up a Christmas tree.
The thing is, though, The Nightmare Before Christmas describes our daily existence quite clearly.
In the movie, Jack the Pumpkin King is discontented with his life and the world around him. Everywhere he looks is death, and ghosts, and monsters. But when he inadvertently stumbles upon Christmastown, his eyes are opened to something different, something better. Snow, presents, and “good feeling all around!” And he’s anxious to share his findings with the citizens of Halloweentown.
Since the Fall of man, no one is completely content with life. We’re all wanting something different – something more. Funerals and broken hearts and hospitals, our real-life monsters and ghouls, make us grow weary with despair. We know, deep down inside that there’s just got to be something better out there… something magical… something… heavenly.
So when you watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, try to see our world in Halloweentown. Understand that we too have labeled everything wrong with this world as normal and commonplace. Sickness is mundane, illegal activities are expected, and death is monotonous.
See also how we’ve distorted nearly every good thing God has given us by our cross jokes or gluttunous behaviors. We’re no different from the citizens of Halloweentown when God tries to present to us good and perfect gifts from above and we twist them into perversities and jokes.
And think about what it is in your own life you’ve been wanting, longing for. Search for it – hunt it out. Like a starving animal, pursue that longing that tickles your fancy in the dark of night. Grab onto it, and study it. For that longing, most likely, is the yearning for a higher place, among the heavenly realms of God’s Kingdom where sickness, and death, and sadness, and monsters, and ghouls have no place.
And tell everyone about it. Because you can bet they’re looking for the same thing you are.