“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
As a little boy growing up, A Charlie Brown Christmas was my favorite Christmas special. It still is to this day, now that I am a husband and father of four. When I was a boy, Mom and I would search the TV Guide to see when the special was on so that we wouldn’t miss it. Today, we just pop in the DVD and watch it whenever we want, which we do frequently during the Christmas Season.
Long before I was a Christian, my heart was always touched when Linus responded to Charlie Brown’s plaintive plea, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus’s answer was taken straight from the pages of 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 Saviour, 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. (Luke 2:8-14 KJV)
And with that being said, Linus picked up his blanket and shuffled off the stage. Why? Because he had said it all! That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown: the birth of the Christ Child — the Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Jesus is the Reason for the Season. He is the greatest Christmas present the world has ever received, a gift so glorious that the angels in heaven burst forth into joyous song.
May we rejoice in having received this indescribable gift, by grace through faith, and may we respond by sharing God’s great gift of love with others . . . because, after all, that’s what Christmas is all about.
Tomorrow is Christmas Day. From the Boland family to yours: May your day be filled with the transforming power of the glorious good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.