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The Gospel According to… Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown cannot catch a break. He is the stereotypical American loser. Whenever he tries to kick the football that Lucy is holding, every time she pulls it away at the last second and he misses it, flying through the air to land flat on his back. His baseball team has never won a game although one time they did score one run.

He has premature balding and can never get anything right. For Halloween he tried to make himself the easiest costume ever—a ghost—but somehow cut a gazillion holes in it instead of the two holes that he needed for eyes. As a result, he receives rocks instead of candy.

For Christmas he is charged with getting a Christmas tree but gets something that is a little more than a twig. Ol’ Chuck felt sorry for the little thing because no else wanted it. He thought the tree was a little like himself. The result was that everyone was angry with him and accused him of sabotaging Christmas.

Charlie Brown is a loser. No one wants to be like Charlie Brown. No one idolizes Charlie Brown. No one looks up to Charlie Brown. We might feel sorry for Charlie Brown but deep down inside we are relieved that we are not that bad. He is a loser with a capital “L.”

Again, Charlie Brown is a loser. But here is where the gospel especially the Christmas message shines through: the good news is that the good news is for losers. We heard how Jesus was born into a family of losers last week. We were introduced how his birth was announced by loser shepherds. When he began his ministry, he taught and healed the losers of his day. Jesus said that he had come not for the healthy and the well-off and those who were self-sufficient and plenty of blessings heaped on themselves but he had come for the sick, the weary, the broken, the broken-hearted, and the cast-offs.

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