Sometimes the original is better!

I’ve noticed a growing trend lately. With old tv shows being made into movies, old movies being remade and even old tv shows being brought back as new tv series, it seems like we are settling for taking something that was great back in the day and just trying to remake that in a better version in today’s culture. Don’t get me wrong, I am really excited about seeing the new A-Team and others like it, but will they really hold up to the original? Take for example, a classic martial arts movie that has recently been remade. Yes, I am talking about the Karate Kid. I love the original Karate Kid. It was a movie that I grew up with. So naturally, I went to see the remake with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith last week. I actually ended up seeing it twice. I don’t want to ruin the movie for you if you haven’t seen it, but it was a great movie. I enjoyed it a lot, but to me, it really didn’t hold up to my expectations. The original movie was so much better, in my opinion.

All of this got me to thinking about something. We do the same thing with our Lord and Savior. We have Jesus, whom the author of Hebrews calls the author and perfector of our faith, and the all powerful God as the original love story for our lives. We’ve all seen this story acted out and it was really powerful to us. But then, for some reason, we let this story start losing its meaning. We have tried to replace it with a new, rewritten story of Jesus that is good, but not the best, not the original. The Jesus we have in the original story should not only be the best version we have, it should be the only version we have. There is no need to rewrite this story because it was perfect the first time around. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

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