I have such fond memories of my early years celebrating the holidays with my family. As a youngster I was happily ignorant of all the planning, pressure and stress that seemed to attach itself to the older generation leading up to Christmas. I remember thinking to myself, “Christmas will always be the greatest time of the year, and that will never change for me.”
Fast forward 50 years. Last Christmas I made the mistake of getting a late start on my shopping. I stopped by the local mall in a desperate attempt to find that perfect gift. It was supposed to be a quick, “in-and-out” purchase! Ha! It took me forever to find a parking spot (which ended up not even being at the mall). After a long walk to the mall from my illegal restaurant parking spot, I couldn’t believe how many people were shopping in one place! People were rushed, rude and the lines were unbelievable.
It was right then and there that I fell victim to the stress and anxiety of the holiday. What happened? I mean, how did the magic of Christmas turn into something I promised myself it never would? Christmas creates quite a commotion these days! Shopping. Parties. Gift-wrapping, food preparation… Last week a medical unit had to call in a delayed response due to “extreme traffic” as scores of cars cruised through a neighborhood to view all the light displays on front yards and homes. Tons of traffic everywhere!
Then it occurred to me - we need a Charlie Brown Christmas reminder. When Linus told Charlie Brown what Christmas was really all about, it brought the real meaning of this holiday to the forefront again.
Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!
Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?
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 o great joy, which shall be to all my 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, and good will toward men."
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Pray with me that people see through all the “glitz and glitter” of the season to honor Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The reason He came was to save humanity from sin…my sin, your sin, the evil and wicked ways in our hearts. Jesus came to bring us eternal life in the Father’s house (heaven). He came to adopt us as His children. He is the gift that never gets old and never wears out!
God the Father sent Him for you! What about you? Have you set aside all the commotion to accept Jesus as your Savior by faith?