Weekly Blog – December 12, 2019
Linus got it right – Luke 2:8-14
Here we are. It’s Christmas time. It’s a season that many call, in word and song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the year.”
I have to admit, it is a little more fun this time of year than any other. Think about it for a moment. Christmas is the only Holiday last a season. Not a day like the 4th of July, or Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, or Easter (Okay, I may have to give in a little on Easter, as it wraps up the Lenten season for Christians, with the death and resurrection of Jesus, although lenten services are not fun nor are they meant to be).
As a secular holiday, Christmas is more fun than any other Holiday. There are parties, gift-giving, fabulous meals, get together with family members you only see once or twice a year and most of all, wait for it…
There’s the Hallmark Channel.
My wife and I are pretty addicted to the Hallmark channel during the Christmas season, which now seems to begin on October 25th and ends two months later. We watch all of the new, and many of the old Christmas movies on Hallmark.
Yes, Hallmark movies have pretty much an ongoing formula that lasts all year long. Girl meets boy, or at the very least, runs into an old flame. Their love grows, but something always happens at the one hour and forty-minute mark that causes the two main characters to either get angry at one another, feel the need to leave that city, or not know how to make the relationship work. (This usually stems from listening to half of a conversation, which I call, “Betty Haynes Syndrome.” (Check out my very first blog from July 25, 2019, “Do you have Betty Haynes Syndrome,” at joegministries.com.
Hallmark is pretty much a clean-cut channel, the main characters at Christmas and throughout the year never have or speak of sex. If they do sleep under the same roof or even room, it’s always in separate beds or bedrooms.
But Hallmark Christmas movies, like the Christmas we witness from Black Friday through Christmas Day, has minimal if anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas. As an adult, I’ve always known this to be true, yet it took a cartoon I had never in my 68 years seen before to help me to understand what I already knew.
Several weeks ago, my Grandson Keegan was going to be spending the night. In advance of his arrival, I recorded several movies for him to watch with us. Jumanji, Aquaman and, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
After dinner, we watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. As I stated earlier, I had never watched this cartoon before, even though it was first released in 1965.
For many of you have watched it before, you probably know where I’m going with this story, for those who haven’t, please allow me to continue. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown is directing the Christmas play his friends put on each year. Charlie is very depressed throughout the show, being pretty negative about anything that pertains to Christmas. When he says aloud to his friend Linus that he doesn’t understand what Christmas is all about, Linus replies:
“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.”
After reciting the passage from Luke, Linus turns to Charlie Brown and says, “That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”
So simple, isn’t it. A cartoon character summed up what Christmas is all about in seven verses. It’s about Jesus.
It’s not about the Holiday parties, and gift-giving, or even the great family meals. Oh, and one more thing, it’s definitely not about watching every Hallmark Christmas movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok and even a good idea to do all of these things. These parties, gift-giving, and meals promote family time, and that is very important.
But, let’s not forget, as the song says, “Without Christ, there wouldn’t be any Christmas.” Linus got it right, didn’t he? Christmas is about Christ. The birth of the Son of God, who came to earth willingly to be a living sacrifice for all of us.
That’s what Christmas is all about.
May you and your families have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate together the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Joe Guagliardo (Joe G)