Scrooge, An Example of a New Creation – Scrooge is a fictional character written by Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol. It’s the story of an old greedy man. He was tight with his money and didn’t want to spend any of it. He wouldn’t even give it away. Ebenezer Scrooge also didn’t want anything to do with Christmas. The show goes on and the three Christmas Spirits visit Scrooge during the night. Those Christmas Spirits showed him some things. It showed Scrooge the Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and the Christmas Future.
Scrooge An Example of a New Creation
Then Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning and he is a changed man. He now freely gives! Scrooge also gives Bob Cratchit a raise and makes hm partner in his firm. Not to mention, he now celebrates Christmas. I think my two favorite Christmas Movies to watch that are A Christmas Carol related are The Muppet’s Christmas Carol and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Call me a kid still.
We all know this was just a story told during Christmas time, but just like Scrooge and his transformation, Christ will change us. Once we become saved, the old is gone and the new is here. We become a new Creation in Christ. This new creation is because Christ now lives in us. When we have Christ in us we have no more desires to do what we use to do or go where we use to. When we become the new creation we are regenerated. See 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.2 Corinthians 5:1
Look at Scrooge, tight with his money, a tightwad. After his visit, he became a new person. He was a giving generous person and became like a new creation, a new person. People knew him by his greed and see what he is like today. In the same way with us when Christ lives in us, people will notice. Your friends too. To be a new creation there has to be an obvious change. People will notice and wonder what happened to them to change.
Scrooge is a great analogy to use when talking about a new creation.
There is an old saying, “No Change, No Christ!”. You can also say there is proof in the pudding, meaning they should bear fruit. This fruit is how we know others are saved and changed. Scrooge showed proof that he changed by the way he now acts compared to the way he was in the past. The old is gone and the new is here.
Now Scrooge got visited by Three fictional, not real, Christmas Spirits. We don’t get visited by fictional Spirits like that, we get the Holy Spirit that convicts us of our sins to go forward and accept Jesus as our personal savior. A personal relationship with Him. We know that we cannot do it without Him. Christ is the one that makes the change! We must rely totally on Him and have a personal relationship with Him.
Before Christ, we are like the old Scrooge. We don’t want anything to do with Him. Then once we accept His free gift, the greatest gift ever, we come to this new creation, this is because Christ now lives in us. What a wonderful feeling to know that Christ now lives in us. Christ in Heaven interceding on our behalf before the Father. See Romans 8:34
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.Romans 8:34 NKJV
Scrooge was never presented the gospel nor was Jesus mentioned in the story, A Christmas Carol, but it can serve as an example of a radical transformation that Christ can do for us. The change as I mentioned would be noticeable from our old life to our new life.Scrooge is a great analogy to use when talking about a new creation. Click To Tweet
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First published December 21, 2014. Last Republished December 4. 2022.