Unless you’ve been hibernating for the last few years you’ll have noticed that the worlds pretty divided at the moment.
Trump v Clinton.
Brexit v Remain.
Black v White.
Rich v Poor.
East v West.
All over the world division reigns but fear not the John Lewis Christmas advert is out and it brings good news of great joy.
If you haven’t seen it yet click here – if not, spoiler alert.
The advert begins with a Dad building a trampoline in a snowy back garden as his little girl goes to bed on Christmas eve. Before long 2 foxes appear and begin to bounce on the trampoline. Suddenly, a badger joins them. Before you know it a squirrel and a hedgehog join the party while buster the dog watches on desperate to join in.
‘Jesus out, trampoline in’
The advert is a beautiful picture of animals that should be divided uniting together because of a trampoline. The good news message of John Lewis is that we can all come together through trampolines (or any other product they sell) The gospel of John Lewis substitutes Jesus in the manger for a trampoline in the garden.
It promises peace through trampolines, if everyone buys one all division in the world would disappear.
Jesus at the heart of Christmas
But Christmas is actually about the coming of Jesus, something that was promised 700 years before it happened. In Isaiah 11 we read this “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump on Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Trampolines aren’t supposed to be at the heart of Christmas, Jesus is.
And what will Jesus do? Isaiah 11:6-9, looking ahead to the new creation, says: “The wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,and a little child will lead them all. The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,for as the waters fill the sea,so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.”
Jesus came as the God-man to destroy sin and all it’s effects. Through His perfect life, death on the cross and resurrection from the grave He has secured a better future. A world of peace where as Isaiah 11 explains wolf and lamb will live together, leopards will care for baby goats, calves will be safe with lions and where babies will play near Cobras. Maybe foxes, badgers, squirrels and hedgehogs will even bounce on trampolines together?
Jesus has promised to restore a world of peace.
The gospel of John Lewis v the gospel of Jesus
You see, the gospel of John Lewis speaks into our God-given desire for a peaceful world and it offers us peace for the cost of a trampoline. The gospel of Jesus speaks to the same desire but it offers true peace for free because Jesus has already paid the price.
Two gospels, two saviours but one true hope.