We all know the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey is told by his guardian angel, Clarence, that he had gotten his wish: George had never been born. The chaotic, selfish, sinful tendencies of the town are amplified as a bewildered George stumbles through Pottersville, panicked and heartbroken that no one knows or cares about him. Eventually, George Bailey’s appreciation for life is renewed as he recognizes that his life is worth living.
After watching It’s a Wonderful Life this year, my eyes fell on the verse hanging in our home:
Now the light [Jesus], which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:9)
And he didcome into the world. Verse 14 goes on to say: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Suddenly it hit me — what if Jesushad never come into the world? What if he had never been born? What if God had not given his only Son to offer salvation to every person?