July 22nd, 2015 | By admin
By Paul Holland
Willy Wonka is the character in Ronald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The book was made into a movie in 1971, starring Gene Wilder as the eccentric owner of the chocolate factory who wants to give the factory away to some deserving young person. The movie was remade in 2005, starring Johnny Depp as Willie Wonka.
Wonka hides five “Golden Tickets” among his famous “Wonka Bars.” The five children who find these golden tickets get to take a secret tour of his factory and receive a lifetime supply of chocolate. During the tour, Willie Wonka tempts each child to disobey his orders with something related to their individual character flaws.
Charlie Bucket is pictured as a kind, brave, but poor young boy who wants to win the golden ticket more than anything else. Yet, when he gets into the chocolate factory, his vice is that he listens to “Grandpa Joe” in drinking the Fizzy Drink, breaking one of Wonka’s rules. He too is initially refused the grand prize, even though he was the only child who remains until the end.
But, his redeeming virtue is that he apologizes to Willie Wonka at the end and returns the everlasting gobstopper given to him. That was enough for Willie Wonka and Charlie to win the grand prize – a lifetime supply of chocolate and ownership of the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory.
Jesus’ system of ethics is based on His character, that is, the fact that He is the Son of God. As we study “Jesus Holds Your Golden Ticket to Heaven,” let’s look at a few facts – His perfect character, His perfect teachings, and His perfect example.
Philippians 2:5-8 – In this passage, we see that Jesus led the life of a servant, a bond-servant. Today, we recognize that selflessness is one of the greatest virtues among men. Nobody likes selfishness. The whole world prefers selflessness in others. Jesus taught selflessness and He practiced a life of selflessness.
The New Testament shows us that Jesus was perfect in His obedience, that is, He did not commit any sin. Think of that. He never had an evil thought. He never spoke an evil word. He never committed an evil act. He never went to an improper place. He never thought an irrational thought. He never taught anything false or misleading. He never had a bad attitude toward others. He never disobeyed the will of God in any way. He never made a false statement.
We need a perfect standard, right? A standard which we can always use in every situation? A standard in which we can put our faith and confidence? A standard which never changes? Jesus is the standard in His character.
PERFECT IN TEACHING:
The teachings of Jesus truly deal with what is the best for man, for him as an individual, for him socially, psychologically, and obviously eternally. As we have said, the teachings of Jesus do not contain any false statement. They do not contain any illogical argument. Jesus holds before man the best challenge, to do and to be the best possible person he can do and be. He gives us, then, the highest motivation we can have to develop ourselves to the best of our ability – to serve the highest and greatest being of all – the Sovereign and Eternal God of heaven.
PERFECT IN EXAMPLE:
Jesus left us an example that we should follow in His steps – 1 Peter 2:21.
Jesus is our perfect example in practicing and preaching love for all mankind:
- For those who love us;
- For those who do not love us;
- For those who hate us;
- For those who strike us;
- For those who speak evil of us.
Jesus is the perfect man. He is divine. He is perfect in character, perfect in example and perfect in His teachings. Now, we have a system of ethics which can help us make decisions in life.
Pure and simply, Jesus holds your golden ticket to heavenand the key to living an abundant life here and now. Love Him; serve Him; obey Him.