Advent Series 2015: This piece originally appeared in the He Reads Truth Advent Series. Along with many of their reading plans you can find it here in full.
Die Hard. Die Hard is one of my absolute favorite Christmas movies. You might be thinking, What?! How does that remotely qualify? There’s no claymation, no reindeer, and certainly no little drummer boy.
I get it. It’s not a Christmas movie in the classic sense, but it does take place at Christmas time AND it has a happy ending. It’s Christmassy enough for me.
In case you’re not familiar, the entire film is focused on an elaborate hostage situation in one of LA’s largest skyscrapers. Hans Grubber and his crew of German terrorists have taken an entire corporation hostage. Their desires are unclear at first, but the viewer is immediately aware that these are some unsavory fellows.
Only one man stands in their way—a no-nonsense NYPD cop named John McClane.
Early in the film, one of the more sleazy businessmen attempts to intercede for all of his colleagues before the German terrorists (I say “sleazy” because his arrogance and presumption are unmasked rather quickly). Not surprisingly, his plan to smooth-talk the terrorists derails.
Gutsy move. False motives. Fatal mistake.
There are some similarities (and some massive differences) between Die Hard and the book of Esther...
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