Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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 

As a child, each Christmas-time brought the excitement about santa visiting with 'just' what I had hoped for, getting lots of presents from Dad & Mom & watching my favorite Christmas cartoons:  Santa Claus is Coming to Town and A Charlie Brown Christmas.   

Like Charlie Brown, for many years I didn't have a clue to what Christmas was all about.  Allow me to admit that I was age 24 before I finally knew the answer to what Christmas truly meant.  It has radically changed my life and I would like to tell you about this...just in case you haven't found the answer yet. 

The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ and the 'what' this means to us.     

Linus had it right in his monologue when he spoke straight from God's Word: 

I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior has been born today. Luke 2:10-11 NLT

Good ALL people...a Savior was born.  A Savior being the One who would deliver us from sin so we could make the choice to receive His gift and come back into a relationship to God.  

God is showing us His great love for us.  This baby in the manger, this Savior who was born, who sacrificed His life on the cross for the sin of mankind, was buried and after 3 days was resurrected!   He did this for you - He had you in mind.

But what is a Savior & why do we need a Savior? The Bible tells us that we have all sinned.  As a result of our sin, the only just punishment for our sin is separation from a Holy God. 

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23 NIV

That is why we need a Savior!  Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 NKJV

Jesus' resurrection from the dead proved that His death was sufficient to pay the penalty for our sins. That is why Jesus is the one and only Savior.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12 NIV

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6 NIV

Is Jesus your Savior? True Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Believing & trusting in Jesus & making the choice to turn from your sins (repentance) is the way back into right relationship.

No one is justified by their good works. The only way to be saved is to make your choice to accept Jesus as your Savior, trusting in His death as the payment for your sins.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 NIV  

Today can be a NEW LIFE, a new beginning for you by knowing HIM as the greatest gift.  The thing about a gift is, you have to receive it!


  1. Yep, Charlie Brown sure was cute...thanks for the memory. But cartoons and other cute things last for only a season in our lives - but the Savior you wrote about is an everlasting experience, now, and forever. I, like you, will never forget the day that The Lord saved me. Who, after being touched by Christ could ever forget?

  2. The birth of our Savior!!!