In leui of the Christmas season I would like to recommend a holiday classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas. If you’ve never seen this movie then it is my firm conviction you’re missing out on what could be a very rich and inspiring thirty minutes of your life.
Here’s the run down, in short: Charlie Brown is depressed. He knows he should be happy at Christmastime but he’s just not. So he seeks for anyone who can tell him the true meaning of Christmas. After chasing down a few dead-end roads he finds satisfaction in the simple message of the gospel, as told by his good friend Linus. Short and sweet, and without any commentary of his own, Linus simply quotes the scripture. Walking back off stage he says to his friend: “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Often I’m reminded of how I need a daily dose of the revelation Charlie Brown received in that moment. Because as Christians, we have made the gospel to be about so many things other than Christ Himself. We major on these things, then we wonder why we end up running on empty, spiritually frustrated at the end of the day. We need to know for ourselves, like Charlie Brown needed to know concerning Christmas, what the Christian life, the church, and the gospel is all about.
In short, we need a revelation of the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things. We need to see Him as our life and our all. We need to catch sight of the fact that “of Him, and through Him, and to Him” are all things. In other words, He is the reason, He is the means, and He is the goal of, well, everything. To know Him is our goal, to express Him is our purpose, and to be His forever is our destiny.
This revelation gave Charlie Brown life, and it will do the same for you and me. May the “spirit of Christmas” break upon our hearts in such a way this holiday season that we are overjoyed with a vision of our wonderful Lord and the fact that He is everything to us.
And if you get a chance, watch the movie. I’m certain you won’t be disappointed. 🙂