Advent Devotional for Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Christmas Character: Linus from A Charlie Brown Christmas or the Peanuts comic strip

Suggested reading or viewing: The classic cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas or Luke 2:11-14

Around Christmas time, we tend to get wrapped up in the holiday itself rather than the true meaning behind it. In the cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown gets so caught up in everything that is going wrong around him that he forgets what the true meaning of Christmas is. It is at that moment that his best friend Linus quotes from the book of Luke in the Bible. He doesn’t read from the Bible, he quotes it because the words are on his heart. “For unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and 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 among those with whom he is pleased’!” (Luke 2:11-14)

Linus is a great example of the type of Christian we should be—a reminder to others of why we truly celebrate Christmas. We should be willing to be like Linus, spreading joy and the Christmas story to those around us who are lost in the earthly holiday. While we need to strive to be a reminder for others, we also need to surround ourselves with people like Linus, so that if we have a moment like Charlie Brown, we will have someone there to evoke for us the real meaning of Christmas.

Jenna Scamardo, FBC Youth