Finding Jesus in Aladdin

About a week ago, I was watching Aladdin. I’ve seen it many times in my life, but I had never cried watching it until this time.

The story of Aladdin goes like this: There is a poor boy who falls in love with a princess. He finds a genie who can grant him three wishes, and his first wish is to become a prince, so he can marry the princess. Aladdin discovered that the genie was actually a prisoner inside his lamp, and could only be freed if someone used a wish to free him; he promised that he would use his third wish to grant Genie his freedom. Aladdin’s second wish is to be rescued after being thrown into the sea by an evil man. The movie plays out and there is a big fight, but good prevails. In the end Aladdin has a single wish remaining, but is no longer a prince. He can’t marry the princess if he isn’t a prince, according to the law. Genie tells him it’s okay if he uses his third wish to become a prince again.

And this is where it got me.

The nature of a genie is captivity. Genie has been a prisoner for hundreds of years. He has been in bondage and has never found a master who would free him – he wears bracelets on his wrist to show that. He has had some masters who said they would grant his freedom, but no one ever followed through. Time after time, he placed his hope in a master only to discover that they were liars. Genie expects Aladdin to be the same as all of the others. As Aladdin speaks his final wish, Genie raises his arms, fully prepared to make Aladdin a prince again, but then something happens. His bracelets, the sign of his bondage, fall off. Aladdin didn’t ask to be a prince, he said, “Genie, you’re free.”

And BAM. It hit me.

I’m the genie, and that’s what Jesus said to me.

It might seem silly to some people, but I love when God gives me huge revelation of Himself in the simple things, like Disney movies.

There have been so many times that I’ve believed the lies that something or someone was just what I needed to fix my life or make me whole. I was a in spiritual bondage. I was a slave to sin, but Jesus came and rescued me. He sacrificed himself for my good. He did the thing that no one else could do. He set me free.

 

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 

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