One of my favorite Christmas specials is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I like
it because Charles Schultz chooses to quote the Scriptural story of
Christmas found in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2. Linus reads the story and
the attention of all is drawn to God’s Word. I have put the story here, take
time and read it this Christmas season. Sit down with your friends and
family and truly embrace the gift that God sent to us. Greetings in the name
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Luke 2: 1-20, NIV
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be
taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took
place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own
town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to
Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of
David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married
to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for
the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room
for them in the inn.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the
glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the
angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has
been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You
will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to
one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,
which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was
lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word
concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it
were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all
these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen,
which were just as they had been told.
This passage helps us understand the
fulfillment of the promise that God gave Israel, a Savior. So significant
was the birth of Christ that it split time. We stopped counting backward and
started counting forward. BC and AD separate our calendar. Not taught in the
Bible but decided on by man to reflect the turning point in world history,
the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. BC means
“before Christ”, AD is from the Latin phrase “anno domini” which means “in
the year of our Lord”. So significant was the birth of Christ man decided to
change the way they recorded history.
An unknown author contributed this for our consideration;
One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant
He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was
Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He
never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a
city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He
did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no
credentials but Himself.
While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His
ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went
through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two
While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property
had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave
through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today
He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.
I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched,
Navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the
ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this
powerfully as has that ONE SOLITARY LIFE!
Consider that one solitary life that was
given to you for the salvation of your soul. Don’t let the significance of
the birth of Christ pass you by. This holiday season look to the one who
gave his life for you, rejoice in his love, find the hope, peace and joy
that he offers. Acknowledge him in all that you do and he will guide you
along the right path. God Bless and Merry Christmas.
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