by Darla Noble
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
If you are a fan of the children’s classic film, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” you are probably aware of the unashamed references made to the true meaning of Christmas throughout the movie. The reading of Luke 2, Charlie Brown bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday, his pleading with Sally and the others to keep the true spirit of Christmas, and his selection of a tree that is anything but flashy. One of the most poignant messages in the movie, however, is more subtle—almost hidden. But it is that one I want to share with you today to remind you of the power of child born in a manger that went on to save the world from their sins.
As Linus stands center-stage, he recites from Luke 2; telling of the events the night of Jesus’ birth. When he gets to the words, “…fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy….,” something amazing happens—something that never voluntarily happens in any other Peanuts film. Linus drops his blanket.
Linus dropping his blanket is no accident. He drops it because he believes the words he speaks—to ‘fear not’.
So as we enter this final week of the Christmas season, I pray that you will drop any ‘blankets’ you are holding on to. Fear not and celebrate the birth of the Savior with great joy.
Pray: God, thank You for Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for his birth, death, and resurrection. Let my Christmas celebration reflect the joy I feel for the true meaning of this day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.