In 1951, the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still was a box office hit! Today it is considered a film classic. When a flying saucer lands in Washington, D.C., the U. S. Army quickly encircles the spaceship. A humanoid (Michael Rennie) emerges, announcing that he has come in peace. His galaxy has been obsereving Earth and they are concerned about the Earth’s future.
As many of the world’s greatest scientists gather, Klaatu (the alien) pointedly tells them that the people of Earth have a choice. They can join the other planets in peace, but should they threaten to extend their violence into space, “this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. We shall be waiting for your answer”. Klaatu then leaves as he came.
Though this was produced years ago, it shows us that America was concerned with its future years ago. Weapons have since developed that people in 1951 could never have imagined. Laser weapons. Heat-seeking missles. Drones. Dirty bombs. Iran and North Korea with nuclear weapons. We have the capability of destroying each other many times over!
While this film is fictional it is thought-provoking. How long can this world survive? How long before God says, “Enough!” Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail.” Lamentations 3:22-23
There are a lot of emotions experienced at Christmas: excitement, depression, even anger but on that first Christmas the predominant emotion was fear. It surprised me how many people experienced fear on the most glorious event in all of history!
Mary experienced fear at the angel’s announcement that she, a virgin, would conceive! In our culture, an unwed pregnant teen is not a real “big” deal but in Mary’s world, it could be the reason for execution.
Joseph too experienced fear at the news, that his espoused wife would have a child. What would people think? What would this do to his reputation?
Herod was alarmed at the news of a new-born king. He was afraid he would lose his power.
Shepherds trembled at the presence of heavenly beings. Angels are not soft, fluffy, winged beings, but majestic beings surrounded by the glory of God.
But what are the fears people experience this Christmas?
- Fear that they can’t find “the” gift that their grandson wants.
- Fear that the money runs out before all the gifts is bought.
- Fear that the kids won’t be able to make it home.
Friends do not allow the pressure of the holiday cause you to fear. Jesus came to earth that we might experience hope, peace, and joy.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” Roy L. Smith
Horses are not loners by nature, so it’s common practice for thoroughbreds to keep a horse known as a companion pony for friendship and support. The friends that accompany racehorses both on the road and at home are not limited to horses, however—dogs, sheep, goats, and even chickens have served as companions. Thoroughbreds are high-spirited animals and the companion pony often calms the race horse before the race.
David was a soothing influence in King Saul’s life when a “distressing spirit” troubled him (1 Sam. 16:14). When Saul’s servants learned of his problem, they thought music might ease his affliction. One servant summoned David, who was a skilled harpist. Whenever the king became troubled, David would play the harp. “Then Saul would become refreshed and well” (v.23).
Jesus said, “ I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever” . John 14:16
God will never leave us comfortless. He sent His Holy Spirit to us as our Comforter. God knows all that we’ll face in this world, and knows we cannot possibly do it in our own strength. The Holy Spirit within us empowers us to walk with God in a corrupt and dying world. When there is so much hate around us – He loves us. When there is so much negativity around us – He encourages us. When there are lies all around us – He shows us the truth. When there is so much fighting and discord around us – He gives us peace. He is our daily comforter – our Standby. And will be forever!.
If aliens from another planter were to visit planet Earth [no I don’t believe in extraterrestrial beings] what conclusions would they have? If they listened to our news broadcasts or watched how humans interact with each other; they would have to say we are an angry, violent planet. In 1951 there was a movie produced called, The Day the earth stood still. The movie was about an alien who belonged to an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression.
Here is a quote from the movie (remember this is 1951) “… I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.”
Though this is of course fiction, the fact remains we have the choice to live in peace or we will destroy ourselves. The Bible tells us that there will never be ultimate peace until Jesus Christ returns to earth and sets up His Kingdom.BUT we can have peace within ourselves now because Jesus promised us peace even in the midst of these terrible times. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27