“Lights please”… Linus says, setting the stage for his recitation of the words of the heavenly hosts to the shepherds:
“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 Savior, 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
Linus repeats these words in his response to Charlie Brown’s frustration about the commercialism of Christmas and his wondering if anyone even knows the true reason for Christmas anymore. At the end of Linus’ speech, he says those unforgettable words: “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”.
I watch this Charlie Brown Christmas Special every year. Even though I practically have it memorized, this speech given by Linus makes me tear up every time. I think about the generations of people who have seen this special and heard God’s Word through it. I wonder how many lives were led to learn more about the true meaning of Christmas from this one part of a tv special? Such a simple message shared in this beloved classic since1965.
Retelling this miraculous love story is what Christmas is all about.
As you enjoy the wonderful movies and specials this year, remember the reason for the season.