If you ask 10 people on the street what Christmas is all about, you’d probably get answers like this:
“It’s about the children”, “It’s about giving”, “It’s about love”, “It’s about family”.
Some, in their more unguarded moments, might say “It’s about the presents!”
While some of these things are very good, and all of them are a part of how we celebrate Christmas, they are NOT what Christmas is all about!
In the classic tv special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie is wondering about the answer to this question as well.
He knows in his heart, that he’s ‘missing it’ somehow…that all the trappings and traditions around Christmas miss the mark.
He seeks to find answers from Lucy, the know-it-all who has no shortage of opinions, he seeks clarification from his dog Snoopy, but finds no help. He then seeks to get involved in a Christmas play, thinking that ‘involvement’ is the thing that will help him.
None of these help, and in his frustration, he yells, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!”
Linus steps forward (he’s my favorite), and says “Sure, Charlie Brown…I can tell you what Christmas is all about.”
He then goes on to explain…well, I’ll let him tell you:
Simple, isn’t it?
Christmas is about Jesus, born to a virgin, coming to earth as a baby in a manger.
Compelled by the love and grace of God, He came…
Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”
Consider and Discuss: If Jesus had never come, would we celebrate Christmas? What differences do you think you’d see in the world if Jesus had never come? What differences would you see in your own life if Jesus had never come?
Prayer focus: Thank God today for His love, which compelled Him to send Jesus for us.