The Baby That Saves Us

Yesterday in church I heard an incredible Advent sermon.  I’m sure bits and pieces will be sprinkled throughout the blog this month, but this morning, there’s one little nugget that has really stuck.

Our minister Andy recalled a few years ago at Christmas when he went to buy a movie for his young daughter.  Scanning the titles he couldn’t believe itDora Saves Christmas, Diego Saves Christmas, Elmo Saves Christmas…this list went on and on.

I did a little scan on Amazon and found the above as well as How The Flinstones Saved Christmas, The Elf Who Saved Christmas, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, The Toy That Saved Christmas… my list could go on and on as well.

Andy posed the question, “What is it about Christmas that needs saving?”  He continued, “Christmas doesn’t need saving, but we do.  And rather than saving Christmas, Christmas saves us.”

Among the list of those who got it wrong, he did reference one beloved children’s cartoon that actually got it right.  45 years ago, Charles Schulz and his beloved Peanuts touched on the real meaning of Christmas and it has been airing nationally each year since 1965.

Towards the end, Charlie Brown frustratingly asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

Linus, so calm and collected, replies, “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about…” and he proceeds to the stage to recite Luke chapter 2:8-14.  (See below)

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 
“Good news that will cause great joy for all people…”  Christmas does not need saving, but when put in proper context, the miracle of Christmas is what saves us.  What an incredible gift.  
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:15
“The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. “
Romans 6:23