Maybe it’s because I’m growing older, but I seem to be getting more sentimental. Things from my past come to mind more often than before. Christmas is definitely a time for sentimental memories. One that still comes to mind is waiting for A Charlie Brown Christmas to come on TV. Without videotapes or DVDs we had to watch shows when they came on the regular network. I made sure I didn’t miss Charlie Brown! I liked the way the message of Christmas was kept true. I can still vividly see Linus standing on the school stage reciting the story of Christmas from the Bible.
Another favorite memory from A Charlie Brown Christmas is the closing. The kids, being reminded that Christmas is about the birth of the Savior and not about flashy lights and trees, gathered around the little tree Charlie Brown had picked out. Their full-hearted rendition of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing always got me a bit choked up. I still think of that scene when I hear the song.
Now, imagine the memories the shepherds from Luke’s story of Christmas must have had! They got to see real angels light up the night sky over their sheep. They got to hear the angel choir sing. Wow! I can only imagine what that must have been like! I’m sure those men talked about that night for the rest of their lives.
But, the shepherds weren’t the only ones to be visited by angels in preparation for Jesus’ birth. The angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of John as the one who would prepare the hearts of the people for Jesus. Six months later he visited Mary to confirm God’s choice of her as the Savior’s mother. And after that Joseph was visited by an angel who reassured him that God was at work in Mary’s pregnancy. Obviously, God wanted to make sure the message of the coming Savior was clearly heard.
He is still spreading that message. He is spreading it by using people like you and me. We share the same message as the angels, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11 ESV). Let’s tell the good news!