Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Journey to Christmas

I thought I would enjoy watching this DVD as I prepare for the holiday season. It would be a great way to remember who really is the focus of Christmas and why we celebrate this holiday, i.e. holy day.

The 4-part series follows the pilgrimage of 5 people who get to see the holy land for the first time during the Christmas season including a visit to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. The viewer gets to live vicariously through Nazreth, Drew, Dusty May, Kim, and Rory as they experience this journey. These people get to see, touch, hear, taste, and feel what it was like to live during the time of Jesus, and we, the viewer, get to follow their journey.

These 5 people represent a cross-section of our current culture and their backgrounds are different as is their faith. Nazreth, Dusty May, and Kim all have a faith in Christ but each have a different perspective of how God is involved in their lives. Drew is struggling with what he believes saying that he is at a crisis of faith. Rory is an agnostic whose father was disowned by his Jewish family when he married a non-Jewish girl.

The questioned posed throughout the series is, "Is there more to Christmas?" At the end of the series, I wondered, "Is there more to this video?" There was no life-changing event for Nazreth, Dusty May, and Kim who went home from Israel with a continued faith in God. This was not true for the men of the group. Throughout the series, Drew and Rory are grappling with their faith and what they believe as they tour these historical and Biblical places. Yet, at the end, they are no better than when they started. Drew is still struggling with believing in God who he feels is distant from him. Rory is still an agnostic with an appreciation for the religion of his friends and family. I respected the honesty of these two men as they struggle with faith; however, the drama of the series led me to think that they might experience a new found truth to bring them to a salvation knowledge of Christ. Instead, they got to go on the trip of a lifetime and see some interesting stuff without it ever changing their lives. It was a letdown for me.

Tyndale has provided me a free copy of this DVD series in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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