Joy

As a child, Christmas could not come fast enough. The excitement, wonder, and magical part of Christmas is all that a child’s mind is focused on. As that child gets older, sometimes the excitement disappears. It could be the commercialism of Christmas, the long lines in stores, or the pressures that come this time of year. I know for me it is sometimes hard to enjoy this time of year. Half of my working years have been in retail jobs where you work an insane amount of hours, and you are too tired to enjoy Christmas. You would make good money, but you were never home and were too tired to do anything. The other half has been working in seasonal businesses where this time of year is usually very slow. Usually money is tight, but the positive is that you have lots of time. Occasionally, I need to be reminded what this season is really about.

In Luke two, an angel appeared to some shepherds who were watching their flocks at night. The angel said to them, “I bring you good news of great JOY which will be for all the people.” Several times in Luke, when “joy” is mentioned, it is talking about salvation. This is one of those verses, because the reason of this “joy” is that “in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. The Messiah has come to save his people.

 

This is great news, because we can now have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Since man is sinful, he cannot enter into the presence of a holy God. Jesus Christ went to the cross and took on our sins so we can enter into the presence of God. This is the ultimate Christmas gift. God the Father gave his Son, Jesus Christ so we can have access to God (John 3:16). Now all you have to do is “believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). This is a total trust that God has forgiven your sins and has given you eternal life with Him.

 

Even if you do not care for this particular season, you can still have joy because of what you have been saved from [i.e. hell (an eternal separation from God’s presence)]. Do not keep this joy to yourselves; tell others about the great joy that is within you.

Luke 2:10-11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people, for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.