Jumanji is a 1981 fantasy children’s picture book, written and illustrated by the American author Chris Van Allsburg. It was made into a film in 1995; a film that starred Robin Williams. This week a new saga is released in theaters over twenty years later. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the story of four high school students who discovery an old video game in which they are literally drawn into the game and become adult versions of the avatars that they chose when initiating the game. Once entering the game there is no way back to “reality” and real life except through the dangers, twists, and turns of the game.
Obviously, with the release of the movie coming the end of the week, I have not seen the film, but the idea of being caught up in the game or better yet in the story is a wonderful lens for us to view the Christian life. We were not ever meant to be spectators watching other superhero Christians journey and acquire victories in faith; we were meant to be caught up in the story as active participants. We find meaning and purpose in life when we discovery our story as part of God’s story in Jesus Christ. His storygive meaning and significance to our story.
John 1:10-13 says,
“He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” (NRSV)
God’s story moves toward his purposes and desires for the world in sending Jesus Christ. Jesus comes to invite people to restored relationship with God, to become the children of God. As we approach the Christmas season I am asking myself, how do I receive and believe in ever greater ways as discover my identity as a child of God with fuller awareness and gratitude. I believe we are invited by God, to get caught up in His story and discover life as it was meant to be.