He came down (a powerful Youtube film with a two for one message)

This is a beautiful little film that Glen Scrivener[1] has created for use this Christmas. It brings together a moving re-telling of the Christmas story with the testimony of a mother telling the story of her struggles and lessons of having a child with Down’s Syndrome. The play Is performed by young people with disabilities.

Take a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAhzI6bI5WI&feature=youtu.be

There are two powerful messages interlocked in the film. First of all, in a world where the vulnerable are often marginalised, abused and rejected, this is a vital reminder that human life is precious because we are created in God’s image.  Sadly, there is increasing and incredible pressure on expectant parents to be screened for potential Downs and where there is the risk to have the child aborted.  The Gospel affects our view of others.  When we remember the great costly sacrifice that Christ offered for us demonstrating his love and when we look forward to the resurrection and eternity with him then it challenges our attitudes. Christians should love life and work to protect the vulnerable including the elderly and the unborn.

We do well to remember Paul’s words too:

“26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”[2]

Secondly, our attitude to others starts when we grasp the powerful message of the Gospel, that He humbled himself and dwelt among us. It starts when we realise that the great God of heaven in the person of Christ took our sin and shame on himself. It starts when we remember that he loved us first.

“He came down from earth to heaven

Who is God and Lord of all”

 

[1] Glen is an evangelist based in the South of England he also leads one of Union’s Learning Hubs. Find out more about him at http://speaklife.org.uk/

[2] 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

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