Since I was a little boy, one of my favorite holiday TV shows was “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” When I was growing up—a long time ago—you had to check the TV Guide to make sure you knew when the special presentation would air; if you missed it, you had to wait an entire year for the chance to see it again. Today, of course, my family has the DVD and we can watch it any time we want . . . and we do watch it more than once throughout the Christmas season.
My favorite scene is the one where Charlie Brown has just picked out the worst possible tree for the Christmas play. After being hammered by his friends for being such a “blockhead,” he cries plaintively, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
Linus responds, “Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about,” and proceeds to recite this glorious story from sacred Scripture . . .
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 good 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, good will toward men.”
Linus closes with these words: “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Truer words were never spoken! My prayer this Christmas Day is that we all would remember the reason for the season—not only today, but every day throughout the New Year.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!