A Charlie Brown Christmas

Choices Banner Widget (1)  “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special almost didn’t air 49 years ago. During the making of the animated classic, Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz met with the show’s producer and lead animator. The two men disagreed with Schulz’s insistence to include a New Testament reading of the Christmas story. The passage from Luke was to be spoken by Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt in response to Charlie Brown’s lament, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

The men insisted, “It’s very dangerous for us to start talking about religion now.” Schulz responded, “If we don’t, who will?” The scripture reading was retained and the half-hour special was the second-most watched show of the week when it debuted on December 9, 1965. It also won an Emmy and a Peabody award.

The reading from Luke 2 does indeed tell us and remind us that Christmas is
all about Jesus Christ and what He did for us through His perfect life, sacrificial death and His triumphant resurrection from the the dead.

In the world we live in it isn’t too hard to be distracted from what Christmas is all about. Let me give you an example from last Christmas. I was at the Post Office and overheard this conversation between the customer right in front of me and the postal worker. Customer “I would like to buy some Christmas stamps.” Postal worker, “Would you like religious or non-religious Christmas stamps?” Now I don’t fault anyone in this situation, but the idea of non-religious Christmas stamps is one of the ways in which our world distracts us from what Christmas is all about. Christmas must not be defined by anything but the birth of the Savior of the world.

The Bible is very clear about the purpose of Christmas. There are many verses that share the truth of Christmas, but it is most clearly stated in 1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’” Jesus Christ came with a purpose and clearly that purpose was to save sinners. Sinners means you and me, all of us are sinners. The Savior is Jesus Christ. When we place our trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins we are truly recognizing the meaning of Christmas.

Are you certain of Jesus as your Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with Him?

A sergeant was explaining to a group of soldiers about to make their first parachute jump what to do if their main chute did not open: “Snap back immediately into a tight body position. Then pull the rip cord of your reserve chute, and it will open, bringing you safely to the ground.” A private nervously raised his hand. “What’s your question, soldier?” the sergeant called out. “Sergeant, if my main parachute doesn’t open, how long do I have to pull my reserve?” The sergeant looked directly into the young private’s eyes and replied earnestly, “The rest of your life, soldier. The rest of your life.”

How long do you have to respond to the good news that Christ the Lord has come as your Savior? The rest of your life! And since you’re already on your way down and you don’t know how long before you hit the ground, I’d advise you not to delay! Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).