Linus’ Secret Christmas Teaching – Cache Valley Daily


A scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Shultz

Marc K. Ensign has been active in community and business affairs for many years and lives in Paradise.

I was five years old when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired on television. Like many families, we’ve seen Linus, Lucy, Pig-Pen, Sally, Snoopy, Schroeder, and Charlie Brown together discover the true meaning of Christmas every year since December. In my parents’ family, we eagerly waited for TV Guide to reveal the date and time of the broadcast, making sure we were home early enough to turn on the TV, wait for the bulbs to warm up and play with it. the rabbit. ear antenna to bring the brightest and clearest image possible to the screen. Then we would sit in front of the TV to watch… riveted.

Today we have “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on VHS (yes, still VHS), DVD and On Demand on Amazon Prime and Netflix. My kids never had to wait for the programming and laugh at the thought that you had to be in front of the TV at a certain time on a certain day or you would miss something. They have never seen a TV guide.

Perhaps what we loved most about “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was the certainty it brought to hearing, year after year, Linus explain the true meaning of Christmas, taken from Luke’s second chapter. It is from this reading that, as a child, I memorized these familiar lines, “and there were in the same country, shepherds, living in the fields, watching their flocks at night …” I admired the way of which Linus Van Pelt walked. courageously forward, alone on stage, to boldly recite the story of the Savior’s birth. It was only recently that I noticed something that I hadn’t noticed in all previous years; In the middle of the speech, at the exact moment he utters the words “fear not,” Linus drops his blanket.

Anyone who knows Linus knows that although thoughtful and intelligent, he is best known for his ubiquitous blanket. Throughout “Peanuts,” Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, and the others work in vain to separate Linus from them. Even though his cover remains a source of ridicule and derision, he’s just too insecure to give it up. Until the moment when he proclaims: “Do not be afraid, for, behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for everyone, for you were born today in the city ​​of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. . Linus continues his story until the end, then silently picks up his blanket and leaves the stage.

Every year, as I watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ now, I reflect on the genius of Charles Schultz. Linus’ cover fall as he recites the Christmas story is no accident. Schultz, a deeply religious man, had found a simple but brilliant way to teach us that “The birth of Jesus separates us from our fears. The birth of Jesus frees us from habits that we cannot break on our own. The birth of Jesus allows us to let go of the false security we held so tightly, and trust and hold on to him instead. “

The love of God separates us from fear which, in its simplest form, is the absence of love. The good news of a great joy that the angel foretold so long ago was that man no longer needed to live in the darkness of fear but in the glorious light of love … love perfect of God. A love that is greater than any fear and strong enough to overcome even the worst of sin and error. Everyone has faults, makes mistakes, sins and sometimes shivers with fear, but Christ has come to bring us hope. Not to condemn us, but to love us unceasingly and patiently help us on the path to happiness, trust, security and love. That’s the good news of Christmas, and that’s why Linus dropped his blanket.

As you soon step onto the scene of a New Year, think about an insecurity, fear, or weakness that you can let fall at the Savior’s feet and move forward in faith, trusting in the power of His love and trusting in the safety of his infinite redemption. In doing so, I am convinced that you will discover other wonders that the Lord has inscribed in the history of your life.

Marc K. Teaches


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