Fifty-five years ago, Charlie Brown posed a good question that still resonates today. In 1965, we were first introduced to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles Schultz. It became an instant classic and has aired on TV every year since. It was somewhat controversial and a bit of a risk at the time, because Peanuts’ creator Charles Schultz, a Christian himself, wanted to include the biblical Christmas account in the show. Producers were skeptical, but Schultz ultimately won out; and the results were incredibly positive. People loved it!
In that famous scene, Charlie Brown is frustrated by all the commercialism and “modern spirit” of Christmas. He just doesn’t get it. After trying multiple things to help him understand and capture the true meaning of Christmas, to no avail, Charlie Brown in complete frustration shouts out, “Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?!”
Then that famous scene happens where Charlie Brown’s best friend Linus says, “Sure Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about.” He steps up to the microphone and procedes to quote the biblical Christmas story from Luke 2. He then concludes by succinctly saying, “And that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.“
You may say, “Yes. that’s the real reason for Christmas.” But is it? For the most part people don’t really know the purpose of Christmas.
But do even we in the church really know? I think we in the church can sometimes miss the point too, even with our own clichés. “Keep Christ in Christmas” Do you agree with that? Absolutely. We definitely want to do that. No Doubt. “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season” Wouldn’t you agree with that one? Raise your hand if you would say that Jesus is the reason for the season? That’s kind of what Linus was saying to Charlie Brown isn’t it? Maybe…but I think we are still missing the point if we say that Jesus is the reason for the season…because… He’s not. WHAT!?
Jesus is NOT the reason for the Season. YOU are! You might be saying, “What?! You mean it’s all about me? That doesn’t sound right.“
YOU and I…sinners…are the reason for the season. It is because of you and I that Jesus came to this earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
• Jesus didn’t need the season YOU did! Jesus had no need for the season. He was always God before and always will be!
Philippians 2:6-8 says of Jesus…
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us).
The name Jesus means The Lord saves … Savior …one who saves. It is best translated “to deliver from sin”. He’s not a baby anymore! He is glorious and great and eternal! Jesus didn’t come to earth because He was bored (as in Greek Mythology when the gods were bored they would come interact with men). Jesus didn’t need the season. The only reason he came was to save His people from sin and eternal damnation! Jesus is not the reason for the season, because He didn’t need it…WE DID! Because we are a “people walking in darkness” as Isaiah said and we have “seen a great light.” YOU and I are the reason for the season.
Now, make no mistake, Jesus should be the FOCUS of the season…“Keep Christ In Christmas” Absolutely. It is definitely ALL ABOUT Him…But He’s not the reason. Don’t miss this point.
Take a look at the people around you this Christmas…and even look in the mirror…and say, “I’m the reason for the season…because I’m so messed up. How about you?”
Jesus came to this world…for me and for you!” I couldn’t come to God, so He came to me!
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in thatwhile we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus came for messed up broken people. He didn’t need this season WE did. If it weren’t for you, there’d BE NO Christmas…do you realize that? If it weren’t for mankind’s rebellion, sin and screwed up nature, there’d be no need for Jesus to come to this earth. Your dysfunctional family member is the reason…your angry co-worker is the reason…that trouble making kid in your class or in the neighborhood is the reason…
As Isaiah prophesied, “The people walking in darkness…have seen a great light.” John said, “the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it…”
You matter to God! I could not get to God because of my sin and rebellion…because that makes me His enemy, the Bible says…I could not come to Him so He came to me! It is sobering to think of it from this perspective, but the reason Jesus came…and died…was ME and MY sin.
Jesus is not the reason for the season…YOU are. Yes, it’s all about Him , but it’s FOR you and I.
He didn’t come for there to be peace on earth as we think about it. The angels pronounced in Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Peace on earth…isn’t about Jesus bringing peace between man and man, but about bringing peace between man and God. Our culture will tolerate Jesus as long as he is some kind of “Ghandi-like” person who is all about bringing peace and love between men. Jesus isn’t like some beauty pageant contestant who wants “Peace in the world!”
Jesus said in Matthew 10, “34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.
Romans 5:1 says, Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Good News of Christmas is that Jesus came to earth to fix what is broken – your heart.
Because he came to earth, we have the desire and ability to live for the glory of God and live at peace with others…not in our own ability, but because he changes us from the inside out. Peace with God. That’s the reason. Forgiveness of YOUR sin and rebellion against a holy God…that’s the reason…delivering us and setting us free from sin….that’s the real reason.
Don’t be afraid to look honestly at Luke 2:14 and see that you’re a person who needs peace. You’re a person who needs redemption. You’re a person who needs a Savior! Christ was born to help you!
In the midst of your honest assessment of your heart, don’t lose hope, because God gave up all his heavenly glory to make peace with you, even while you were still his enemy.
Here’s the thing we need to grasp in Christmas 2020:
If I could answer Charlie Brown’s question “Can anyone tell me what Christmas is all about?” I’d say, It’s not about YOU, it is all about Jesus, but it is FOR you…that’s the reason Jesus came that first Christmas. It is that hope of redemption that we celebrate!
Do you know the reason? Do you have peace? You can! Understand the incredible gift of grace you have been offered in Jesus. Open that gift this Christmas by placing your faith in Him! It is a gift that is eternal!