said that P.T. Barnum was the greatest showman on earth. He came from nothing
and his circus traveled the world entertaining people for over 145 years.
That’s an amazing story – But, with all due respect to Barnum, there’s a
greater show that’s been playing out before and after him, and carries through to this
“Greatest Showman” isn’t a man who’s
legacy (albeit amazing) is fading…
Greatest Show on Earth isn’t when
moments of fun and excitement roll into town for a week; it’s broader and
greater than the most complex stunts man can pull off:
It’s a narrative
following our vibrant Jesus:
INNOVATION in the creation of the universe wows people everyday…
PERFORMS healings of every disease, deformity, and all manner of sickness…
billed Himself as The Resurrection as He ACTS in love: working miracles,
raising people from the dead…
predicted, and PULLED-OFF the greatest miracle by the
PERFORMANCE of God’s
Power with His own death and resurrection!
The Greatest Showman of all time is
still ENGAGING PEOPLE long after old great shows of simple entertainment have
faded away. The power of His show is not based on deception or illusion, but on
Jesus’ ACTS on Earth were designed to reconcile the World to God. Jesus is a showman:
He SHOWS us that He is The Way, Truth, and Life...
GREAT EXPLOITS, yet The Greatest Showman doesn’t live for the flash, applause,
or the ostentatious glory He’s due: He uses all the WONDER to point to Another.
always welcomed THE OUTCASTS who RAN OFF to join the telling of the CURIOSITIES and WONDER within His Story.
In that, THE
CURTAIN IS PULLED BACK: It reveals His deep love toward all humanity.
greatest show, far beyond the splendor of creation, was truly shown in the
WONDER of the first Easter weekend. It’s bigger that a one-time smoke &
mirror carnival act; it’s The Timeless Story of the miracle Jesus ACTED OUT reconciling
the World to God.
families of New Chapel this Easter weekend at New Chapel Sunday, April 1st, at 9a
or 11a for our "The Greatest Showman" Resurrection Sunday Service.
friend, a coworker, or even your local coffee house barista. Come comfortable.
Stay as long as you like. Encounter a God who loves you and welcomes you into His Story.
BTW, Is it
"okay" to use cultural examples like, "The Greatest
Showman" to preach Jesus?
As people get closer to God, there is a temptation to lose influence with everyday people who are (albeit open to our message) far from God. We need to be wise (Matt 10:16) about cultural opportunities to spread the Love of God.
Truly concerned Christians should remember that Paul used (racy) cultural examples to preach the pure Gospel Message. Paul
purposefully traveled to an area of Greece called Mars Hill (Mars was a Greek
God) into an area dedicated to be a worship center for other gods... Read in Acts 17:
stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that
in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and
considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this
inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without
knowing, Him I proclaim to you…
There were multitudes of statutes to false Gods - one of which was only the base. The Greeks, in order to not offend a 'god' the might have missed, dedicated one to an unknown god... It's very
interesting that Paul would go out of his way to the middle of a very religious pagan area of
cultural importance and use a Greek god to preach about Jesus. Paul didn't run from cultural/ religious
opportunitiesto preach the gospel; He used them.
“…for in Him we live and move and have our
being, as also some of your own poets have said”
the poets that wrote that phrase Paul used to preach Jesus? Was that found in
the Old Testament somewhere? Did Moses write it? Is that canonical? No. It was
a poem written by a sexually deviant Greek poet. Read the scripture again. Wow, right? It’s the
equivalent of using suggestive pop music to preach Jesus. Edgy? Absolutely. This was a tactic Paul
and other great men of God have used since Bible times to bring Jesus' message
of love across... Paul said:
become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
of the reasons why Christianity was so revolutionary in it’s day. Churches shouldn't validate the sinfulness of culture, but churches
shouldn't shy away from culture either.
We should embrace cultural opportunities (like "The Greatest Showman") to spread the gospel.
Finally, read these articles from "Christian Today" and "Crosswalk" about the positive reasons a family example like this can be for your family: