Summary: BIG IDEA: Charles Shultz shared the message of Christmas through Linus to Charlie Brown. The many Charlie Browns of the world need to hear from the Linuses of CHRIST. Linus as he carries that blue blanket, that 'COMFORTER'.CHRISTIANS must share Christ now
2015.12.24.CHRISTMAS EVE SERMON
William Akehurst, HSWC
MESSAGE: “It’s not just another Charlie Brown Christmas”
Christmas TV shows. Miracle on ____ street. It’s a _____ Life. What do these have to do with Christ?
How many have seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special?
Charles Shultz used the platform of his comic strip to share the meaning of Christmas.
In the beginning of the story, everyone is all about decorating and shopping and gifts. Sally, CB’s sister is talking about all the gifts she wants, and if people can’t get those, just give her money.
Charlie Brown’s classical response. “Good Grief”
He goes on showing his disgust of the commercialization of the holiday and becomes depressed. Nothing ever goes right for CB.
When Lucy asks him to direct the Christmas Play, he accepts and has new purpose.
He gives everyone their part and heads off to buy the proverbial Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
When he returns, everyone is disappointed in his selection.
Illus: Our double trunk/leader Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
This year we bought a 10’ Christmas tree. Our ceilings are 8 foot, so with the stand and star on top, we cut it to 6’. The double crown was tied together with a cinch strap and when it was placed in the stand, we have a real Charlie Brown Christmas tree on our hands.
As is typical with CB, everything seems to fall apart and he becomes even more depressed.
In one version, Sally is the angel and her big line is "HARK", yet in stage fright, she exclaims "Hockey Stick".
When CB realizes his failure, he exasperates and asks the question.
“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
Linus with his blanket answers, “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.”
He then reads from Luke 2:8-14 and ends with, "that’s the meaning of Christmas Charlie Brown."
Charlie Brown ponders the meaning of Christmas, and the whole gang comes together as one in support of each other and of Charlie Brown.
A change comes over the characters of the set after the message of Christ is heard. The whole atmosphere changes.
That’s what Christmas is all about. It’s bringing Christ into our lives, its introducing HIM to others. And HE changes us, and the atmosphere around us.
China: 30,000 people accept, receive and come to Christ each week
Africa: 20,000 people every week
South America: 10,000 people a week
In America, the good ‘ol USA, 60 churches close their doors every week.
Something is wrong in America. People everywhere in the USA are losing sight of Christ.
In Kentucky, the Charlie Brown Christmas Special is played to the schools. This year there was a gap. They cut out the announcement of CHRIST! Reading only vs 8-9 and cutting the rest to hear.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: