Before I was saved I had watched Polar Express with my kids and like everyone else I thought this movie was about Santa but after you have eyes to see, after you have been born again, you realize the kids in the movie represent the different types of people there are and the believing is about believing in God.
When I saw this movie again the ticket really stood out to me because of my father in law. He passed away in 2009. He was suffering from cancer and was bed ridden for a year. During one of the visits my husband had with his dad, he spoke of his ticket. His dad was looking all over the bed for something and my husband asked him what he was looking for. He said he was looking for his ticket. He went on to say that it had been punched and Jesus told him all that he had to do was wave his ticket and he would be let in. He said God was around the corner and he was just waiting to be let in. He found the ticket and sat there holding it peacefully, but to my husband, he saw nothing.
I know the movie has a surface meaning about Santa but I see a deeper meaning and wanted to write about it. I see the Polar Express as a journey of the heart. The boy who the movie is about is a doubter. Although he does want to believe, he needs proof. He looks to his books for answers and finds that the North Pole is stark, barren, devoid of life. A lot like people’s hearts today. This boy takes a journey into his heart and finds life, wonder, belief. On his journey he meets three people. One is a believer, a girl, who has faith, doesn’t try to figure things out, just believes. She sees the wonder in it all and makes people want what she has. There is a boy who is a”know it all”. He has knowledge spilling from the brim! But all the knowledge in the world will not compare to experience. He fills his mind with all the facts but doesn’t give room in his heart for faith. He really doesn’t know anything at all because he can’t see with his heart, like the girl. Then another boy he meets is negative. He is portrayed as poor because that’s how he views himself. He actually blocks his blessings because of his negative attitude. Life doesn’t happen for him because he has no faith. He denies himself the experience but there is hope for him because he changes his mind. This is what repenting is about, changing our mind about it.
At first the boy is afraid to board the train. Aren’t we all? Afraid to take that leap of faith. Afraid we might find out it’s true and it will change us forever. We are afraid to search our hearts because our natural mind doesn’t understand it. It’s another realm, another world. The unknown. He does it though! He jumps aboard and goes on this journey. After he meets the kids he meets a ghost who helps him along. This represents Jesus to me. The ghost is always there to save him or help him. The conductor reveals that he had a helper once and the boy knew who he was talking about. The conductor goes on to say sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. The spiritual realm for instance is invisible to us because we are in the physical realm but we can access it through our heart. The girl and the poor boy sing a song describing two different perspectives. She describes what she has experienced and he describes what only he has heard about. Her Christmas experience is full of wonder and awe and his is not filled with anything. When you block your heart from something you are missing out.
When they get to the North Pole the girl describes how beautiful the bells sound but the doubting boy doesn’t hear anything. Even with Santa right in front of him he can’t hear the bells. Just like when Jesus was right in front of the Pharisees, they didn’t recognize Him. The boy has to change his heart to receive the sound of the bell. When he holds it up to his ear and shakes it there is a voice saying, doubt, doubt, doubt. This is what Satan does to us. He is always whispering to us to get us off track. The boy decides to confess that he believes and then everything changes. When we confess our belief, like it says in the Bible to do then everything changes. Romans 10:9, If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. God hears us when we confess we believe. The boy could then hear the ringing of the bell. When Santa goes to speak to them he tells each one a word of wisdom. The “know it all” boy needed humility and patience. The poor boy needed friends. The girl was told she was full of confidence and spirit, keep up the good work. The doubting boy got to go to the sleigh. He was an overcomer. Since he overcame his doubt he got the first present. His present was the bell. Santa said the bell was just a symbol. He said the true spirit of Christmas lives in your heart. God’s Holy Spirit lives in our heart.
Make room for His Holy Spirit to live in your heart so you can experience all God has to give. Don’t be a doubter, a person who knows all the facts but doesn’t have experience, a negative person who blocks God’s blessings. Believe and receive the Holy Spirit to lead you, teach you and be your friend. When we believe a whole new world opens up to us. We will begin to see and hear the invisible.