In light of the Christmas season, Pan wouldn’t appear to be of much relevance. On the surface it is a fantastical origin story of one of the most famous Disney stories of all time, Peter Pan.
However, the story leaves many unanswered questions. Where did the pirates come from? What are they after? Why is there animosity between Hook and Peter? What makes the children stay young? What makes Peter different from the other children? Is Peter from Earth or Neverland? What is the connection between the two worlds?
Pan answers these questions in an incredibly unique way, beginning with the humble birth of Peter Pan following his journey to bringing salvation to the persecuted habitats of Neverland. On a deeper level, Pan parallels with the Christmas story, the birth of Jesus Christ. Christ was born in a stable with nothing to his name.
After Peter’s transition from Earth to Neverland, he discovers that he too is a prophecized savior.
The Peter Pan in this film is more than a rebel boy in denial with a pixie to help him get around. He is humble boy with a divine purpose and the ability to fly on his own. Peter saves his world and its citizens from certain death.
What a brilliant reminder for us as we transition from November to December and surround ourselves with sales ads, Santa Clauses, and twinkle lights.
Remember Christ in Christmas.
Luke 12:15 - "Then he said, 'Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.'” (NLT)