Christmas Time is Here


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Charlie Brown is experiencing a crisis. It’s Christmas time, but he’s not feeling it. Isn’t it supposed to be the happiest season of all? Then why is he so depressed? Maybe it’s because he doesn’t understand Christmas. And that begins his quest to understand what Christmas is all about. That is the challenge of Christmas season. There are great expectations on how we are supposed to feel. But our emotions so easily lead us astray. Our emotions betray us, confuse us and misguide us. If only there was something or someone who was a better leader than our own emotions...

 

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The security blanket is something that many children have. It is comfortable. It is familiar. It is soothing. Linus van Pelt is one of those children. You will be hardpressed to find Linus without his blanket. He is committed to his trusty blanket, despite ridicule from his older sister Lucy. Unlike Linus, most of us adults have outgrown carrying a blanket around. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have other “security blankets.” One of the most motivating factors in our lives is the pursuit of security. However, the prophet Micah has good news. There will come a ruler, who will bring security. We can find genuine, life-changing security brought by the One born in Bethlehem.

 

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There is so much that we are troubled about and frightened over. In the Christmas season life doesn't stop, and many of us arrive at Christmas overspent, under prepared and over anxious. We celebrate with all the bright lights, busy people, gifts and parties but nothing has really changed. We’re still anxious, we’re still afraid of so much. The true story has not impacted us and we hide in all our worries and fears. Yet, the Christmas story teaches us that God has done something, something unthinkable and undeniable which changes everything! God has come! The simple and beautiful birth of this baby is the hope of mankind because He brings salvation and freedom from sin and fear. This great birth is the great rescue. The great lesson of Christmas is that God comes face to face with humanity. This baby can identify with your pain or fear. This is why Jesus can take away your fear, because He is no stranger to it and He walks with you in it!

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Charlie Brown is still having a tough time finding joy at Christmas time. It seems like everywhere he turns, people have ‘gone commercial’. His friends, family, and even his dog, snoopy, are wrapped up in the materialism that often overtakes the Christmas season. Though “A Charlie Brown Christmas” originally aired in 1965, his famous search for the true meaning of Christmas still resonates with us today. Writing about 700 years before the birth of Jesus, Micah gives us a different way to find joy at Christmas time.

 

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One of the most memorable icons from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, is Charlie Brown’s tree. In the midst of all the glimmering, multicolored, modern aluminum trees, there is a humble tree that can barely keep its needles on the branches. Linus is surprised they still make wooden trees. But that is the tree that Charlie Brown chooses. The unlikely one. And in the end of the movie, it is the tree that is made to be beautiful, almost miraculously beautiful. It is hard to find a better representation of the message of Christmas. In a humble and overlooked village of Bethlehem, a little child is born. But this child will be the king of all kings. He will be the one who takes the humble and broken and miraculously transforms them into something beautiful. He brings deep, thorough peace.