I like The Piano Guys. Their version of Bring Him Home is hauntingly beautiful. It makes me happy and yet makes me want to cry. I listen to their cover of Jurassic Park nearly every night before I sleep. I have no idea how they came up with all the cool things that they do on and to the piano for What Makes You Beautiful.
Not only are The Piano Guys great musicians, that are quite frankly fun to watch, but they film their music videos in credible and beautiful places. Whether it is at one of the Seven Wonders, on top of a mountain, or floating down a river, their videos are just as visually appealing as they are musically.
So yeah, I’m a fan.
But I do not like their cover of Rachel Platten’s Fight Song.
There is a lot to like about this video. Continue reading “Review: The Piano Guys Fight Song Cover”
I don’t normally watch Happy Days, an old TV show starring Ron Howard, but I did recently because it was a Christmas episode.
The plot goes like this: Mr. Cunningham wants to have a traditional family-only Christmas. He wants to decorate the tree, pop popcorn, and read The Night Before Christmas. Of course things don’t go as he planned; Fonzie doesn’t have anywhere to go for Christmas (even though he pretends to visit family) and the Cunninghams invite him to stay with them.
So why am I writing a blog post about this episode that aired before I was born? Because it is a Hollywood Christmas.
The big tradition that Mr. Cunningham was looking forward to was reading The Night Before Christmas. My dad reads the story of Christ’s birth.
That’s the difference between a secular Christmas and a Christian Christmas (which is the only Christmas that counts). A secular Christmas doesn’t have much meaning. Of course it’s fun, I mean, there are presents involved. And you get off of school/work. And eat sweets without feeling guilty. And decorate your house. And visit family. But you can do all that without Christmas. Activity is not what make Christmas special.
December 25 is the day we have chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus. His birth is what gives meaning to the day. God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus, who was completely God and completely human, to earth as a little baby. Jesus experienced all the temptations we do and yet He did not sin–not once. And then He was executed and God poured His wrath against us upon Jesus. But He didn’t stay dead. A dead god has no power. After three days, Jesus came back to life–not as a ghost–in His own body. He proved that He is more powerful than death. Through Jesus we can have forgiveness and everlasting life.
That is the meaning of Christmas. That is why the TV show I watched was so sad; they missed the real Christmas.
“For the wages of sin death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Sinners. That’s what every person on the planet is; those just born a minute ago and those who have lived over a hundred years and every one of us in the middle. Even the “good” people.
So what’s the problem? Evil leads to death. Both physical and spiritual. Our physical lives are shortened. But our souls will go on, eternally suffering the punishment of our sins.
“But” is one of my favorite words in the Bible.
But God, who created us and gave us physical life, has also given us eternal life. How is this possible? Christ Jesus our Lord.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
God gave his Son to die in our place. And because Jesus was perfect and never sinned He was able to pay our punishment.
Still, dying was not enough. Jesus had to conquer death too.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. And that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:3-4.
After three days in the grave, Jesus rose again. He is still alive! And He lives in heaven with God the Father. And because of Him we can live eternally with God. If we put our trust in Him, alone.
There is only way to God and eternal life with Him: Jesus Christ our Lord.