The quote and picture are from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, one of my favorite Christmas movies. In this holiday classic, Charlie Brown is depressed (as usual). He is confused by the over-commercialization of Christmas and is wondering how he can grasp the true meaning of the holiday season. Charlie is shocked when even his own little sister Sally asks for money from Santa Claus! Eventually Charles bursts out, “Doesn’t ANYONE know the true meaning of Christmas?!” Linus, always a thoughtful friend, then recounts the Christmas story for Chuck.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.”
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
“And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”
“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
How many times have I, like little Sally Brown, forgotten the true meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is about this:
God gave us the first Christmas gift hundreds of years ago, and it was to all of us. It did not have any fancy wrappings or designer brand logos. Lots of people scorned it and did not understand the great worth of this marvelous gift.
Any guesses as to what it was?
John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God loved us so much that He gave us a Savior. A Savior that would suffer and die for our sins.
This Christmas season, I am going to try just a little bit harder to remember Jesus Christ, because He is the true meaning of Christmas.