A Bucket Full of Christmas

Bucket full of Christmas

Chicken and Car Washes

Today I took our car to get a much needed wash and inside valet. It was pretty bad so I had no problem paying someone else to do the dirty work for me!

While I wait I often use the opportunity to pop into the next door shop for a coffee. It so happens to be a popular fried chicken take-away. As I approached the door this poster caught my attention.

My first reaction was anger. How dare they remove the faith content from a beautiful Christ-centred carol and make it all about greed and chicken!

However, as I drank my coffee the nagging feeling about this poster stayed with me. It changed from anger and frustration to a deep sense of awe and wonder. Here’s why:

Christmas Signs

Let’s remove the aim of the advert for a moment – forget it’s wanting you to buy a bucket of chicken. Now look at the words of the carol again – as they appear on the poster.

Oh Come All Ye – Oh come everyone! ALL OF YOU. Look at this sign. Let it make you hungry. Christmas is full of signs – stars, the gifts. Jesus himself is a sign – ‘Today in the City of David a Saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! ¬†And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger’ (Like 12:11-12).

The sign of Christmas itself – pointing us to God-come-as-human. Look at Jesus and get hungry.
You see, Jesus can make you ‘Get Full’. He is the bread of life. Anyone who gets to know Jesus personally will find that He will satisfy that inward hunger for peace, for belonging and will subdue the ‘there must be more than this’ thoughts.
The advertiser has unknowingly captured the true meaning of Christmas in this phrase! So come on, this Christmas come and get full. Take that first step of finding Jesus for yourself. Sing a carol and ask God to reveal Jesus to you in a real way.
Oh come all ye – Get Full!
Any by the way, my car is nice and clean now too.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas.

 

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