Sunday, December 12, 2021

Advent Words Day 15 ~ Joy


Day 15: Joy

“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ, the Lord.”

Luke 2:9-11


When the angel appeared to the shepherds they were filled with fear. The Greek translation is literally, “they feared a great fear”. But the angel’s words to them – the Good News – made great fear become great joy. The Good News brings great joy!


During Advent we celebrate with joy Christ’s first coming – His coming in the flesh to walk and live among us. During Advent we also look forward with joy, anticipating Christ’s second coming, “looking forward to [the promised] new heaven and new earth, the home of righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13)


This is the rhythm of Advent, a movement through the season that enables us to focus on the promises of God fulfilled in the Messiah – the one who comes to bring salvation. As we journey through the Christmas story, the story of the first Advent, we witness that the greatest response to the coming of Christ was joy.


We experience Mary’s joy in response to having been chosen to bear God’s child: “And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” Luke 1:46-47 

We experience the response of joy from the Magi: “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11

And again, experience the joy of the heavenly hosts singing at Jesus’ birth:  “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

“Good news that will cause great joy for all people!”

A Savior has been born! Jesus, the one who would save people from their sins, has come to earth. Joy has come to us! Emmanuel has come – God is with us. This is the Good News we still celebrate! Joy is at the heart of the life of the Christ-follower, for joy is our response to God’s love and His gracious gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

"Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.

    They will enter Jerusalem singing,

    crowned with everlasting joy.

Sorrow and mourning will disappear,

    and they will be filled with joy and gladness."

Isaiah 35:10 (NLT)


“Joy to the World” The Lord has come!

Let earth receive her king.

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heaven and nature sing.”


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