For unto YOU is born this day in the City of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord
Who doesn’t love Christmas carols? Definitely not me. I’ve had my radio on 89.5 FM (the local Christian station that plays only Christmas music throughout December) solid for about three weeks now. It’s such a lovely time of year, and since it only come once every three-hundred-and-sixty-five days(give or take), I plan to enjoy every aspect of it thoroughly.
Today I was walking past my bedroom door (my bedroom being the local of my radio), and I heard poor Charlie Brown’s heartfelt plea, “Isn’t there ANYONE who knows what Christmas is all about?!?” Poor Charlie. There was faithful little Linus though, and his sweet reply, “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.
‘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, who 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]
“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Dear little Linus…
It struck me though, in a way it never had before. ‘Unto you is born this day…’ Unto YOU. Unto me. This sweet babe was born to die the most humiliating of deaths, and all for me. All for you. All for those poor and terrified shepherds.
Rejoice in His birth, but do not forget His death. His birth did not redeem us. Actually, neither did His resurrection. There would be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday.