ARTHUR CHRISTMAS: Saving the Lost Sheep | FCC 121

In the film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, Arthur tries to save the lost sheep by being compassionate and sympathetic to her needs instead of his own. Join us as we discuss these Christian themes and so much more on this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast.

For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Previous Episode Recap
  • 00:03:31 – Movie Discussion
  • 00:15:18 – Christian Themes in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 
  • 00:52:46 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 00:58:45 – Well-mannered Frivolity 
  • 01:02:58 – Upcoming

Arthur Christmas and the Lost Sheep Gwen

In her letter to Santa, Gwen expresses a doubt that has, unfortunately, sprung up within her. She wants to believe in Santa Claus, but her friends have sown the seed of unbelief, and she needs to be restored. Arthur Christmas reads her letter and knows just how to help. He wants to give Gwen the bike she is asking for and so prove that Santa is alive and well and that he still loves and cares for Gwen.

Thanks to a boy almost catching Santa in the act, however, Gwen’s bike gets lost in the hullaballoo. It isn’t revealed until after Santa hangs up his stockings when he realizes that he’s missed a child. Arthur is the only member of the Christmas family that even cares about Gwen. Thankfully, the Elves support his decision to pursue Gwen, even if she is just one child.

This image from ARTHUR CHRISTMAS shows Gwen putting her letter in the mailbox.

Compassion is the Only Thing Arthur Christmas is Good At

Arthur, though, has some growing to do for himself. Before setting out on the quest to restore Gwen’s faith in Santa Claus, he must deal with the fact that he is, for all intents and purposes, a scaredy cat and a worry wart of the highest (or lowest?) calibur. But as much as he worries, he still takes the risk and journeys to rescue the lost sheep.

It is the fear of Gwen losing all faith in Christmas and being ostracized and shunned from her society that propels Arthur Christmas to finally decide that he has to get the bike to Gwen. Sure, it takes Bryony and Grandsanta creating hyperbolic situations to force Arthur to follow through with his climactic decision, but such decision was fairly easy out carry out. He was already accustomed to being sympathetic and compassionate because he spends his days responding to every single letter written to Santa Claus.

Key Texts for Arthur Christmas

Let these verses be your guide as you use ARTHUR CHRISTMAS to share the Good News with friends and loved ones.

So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost. (Matthew 18:14 NRSV)

Just as Arthur left the rest of the children alone to seek the lost Gwen, so did the shepherd in Jesus’ parable leave the ninety-nine sheep in safety on top of the hill to seek out and save the one lost sheep that got away. And just as Jesus urged his followers to do that very thing for the lost children of Israel, so are we urged to do likewise for the lost people of the world.

This image from ARTHUR CHRISTMAS shows Bryony the elf holding a bicycle wrapped in the green wrapping paper.

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. (1 Peter 3:8 NLT)

Of course, if we are going to be of any earthly good for other people, we have to be like Arthur. We have to be humble, sympathetic, and compassionate toward others so much so that we even take risks in our pursuit of saving them. Not only should we be such to those on the outside, but we should also emulate these qualities amongst ourselves so that we can best reflect God’s unity and love outward.

Finding Christ In Cinema is the show where we discover Christian themes in movies past and present. Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. Brought to you by the Great Commission Transmission Network. View the complete show notes – including links to articles discussed – by clicking here.

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. He has his M.A. in Theatre Arts and is always looking for a way to use good stories to soften people's hearts.
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  • Philip Heard

    Hey guys, you picked a great hidden gem to shine a light on for Christmastime. This was my first time to see it all the way through, and the Christian themes are so good. What I picked up on most is also how a good shepherd will leave his flock in search of one lost sheep. God’s math often conflicts with that of man, and it may seem ridiculous to put 99 sheep at risk in search of one dumb sheep who took a wrong turn. However, God loves us enough to save us from our own self induced peril. 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that “The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (NET) So while a 99% success rate is great to us, God has bigger goals in mind than that.

    Sorry my feedback is so late, I’ve been a sick mess the last couple of weeks. Love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli

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