There are many things we can tend to look forward to during the Christmas holidays: treasured time with family and friends, the giving and receiving of gifts, Christmas music, holiday movies, and my personal, seasonal favorite: Peppermint Stick Ice-Cream!
Ironically, it’s very easy to get so caught up in the midst of all the celebration that we forget what we’re celebrating.
This universal dilemma of distraction is captured so well in the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”:
Christmas is approaching, and Charlie Brown finds himself depressed:
“I just don’t understand Christmas. Instead of feeling happy, I feel sort of let down.”
By the end of the video, Charlie Brown is so fed up with all the commercialization of Christmas that he exclaims,
“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!”
Thankfully, Charlie Brown’s friend, Linus, directs Charlie Brown’s attention to the Word of God and nails the true meaning of Christmas with his response – a recitation of Luke 2:
Thank you, Linus. You are exactly right.
The true meaning of Christmas is found in the birth of Jesus Christ. This day is all about the amazing reality that God became man to save us from our sins. This day is a celebration of joy in Jesus, our Savior.
Luke 2:10-11 proclaims,
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”
We discover in this passage what Christmas is all about:
It’s a celebration of good news of great joy that is for all the people.
Christmas is all about the good news that Jesus came to save. Here we have a pronouncement of joy (in v. 10), and the reason for this joy (in v. 11): the person and work of Jesus the Christ.
Tomorrow, we will look in more detail at the significance of this birth as we prepare our hearts for the true meaning of Christmas.
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