Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday's Thought

A Charlie Brown Christmas

 Recently, I got to watch a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV. It's always a special moment from my childhood that I love to remember every year. We would get our snacks and sodas and get to our favorite places to watch this most awesome Christmas special from beginning to end, never missing a second of the show.

If I were to analyze why those moments were so special and are still today, I'd have to say it's because of the cartoons simplicity and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown realizes something is missing at Christmas and he can't quite put his finger on it. He tries to get involved in a Christmas pageant and even selecting the Christmas tree. He hasn't figured out what Christmas is all about until Linus shares:
"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. (Luke 2:8-14, KJV) That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown and the gang realize the true meaning of Christmas is about Jesus's Birth and the show ends. The show ends on a happy note with everyone shouting "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!" and singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!"

Today, the cartoon means more to me than it ever did as it helps me to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and giving. Sometimes, with the Christmas commercials starting as early as July, it seems, and the local stores putting out their decorations in September, the focus is on "get, get, get." While it's not wrong to "get" or "receive" it is better to "give than receive" focusing on the other person.

Jesus was born on Christmas Day. He came to earth as a humble man born to a Mary and Joseph in a manger. He was King, He will rule the world, yet He chose the simple Birth to reach all of mankind. If He had been born in the highest royal fashion with everything He needed at His Fingertips, would we, as humans, realize the awesome gift that He brought to us? That of eternal life in heaven with Him? Or would we feel like meager humans who could not approach Him for anything- much like it seems in today's Presidents, Kings, and Queens or Royalty? I do not think we would have understood nearly as well as we do from His Humble Birth.

What did Jesus do that was so great? Came to earth to save us from sin, from ourselves. All of us. Not just me or you- everyone who will accept Him, believe and repent.

If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we  confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified 
by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him 
should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
 - Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  
 - Romans 10:13, ESV

"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
 for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."


Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family.  So, what's next-

  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.