Luke 2:10-14  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 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 unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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 peace on earth, good will toward men.

There are many uncertain messages that have infiltrated this Christmas season. At Christmas, we must constantly be aware of who we are, what we believe, and what we should proclaim.  We must remember that God’s Gift at Christmas is the Gift of His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The gift of the Lord Jesus includes the Gift of Incredible Joy. Let me explain what I mean. 

The Gift of Incredible Joy: 

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 1 Peter 1:8

Joy comes with new birth.

Even the natural birth of a baby brings joy. John 16:21 says, “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

A spiritual birth raises joy to a new level. Luke 15:7 says, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents.”

 Joy comes with good news.

Joys comes with good news that is natural. Luke 15:5-6 says, “And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.

The Good News of the Kingdom of God and the Advent of the King of Kings caused the Magi who came to find the newborn Messiah created a level of spiritual joy that soars above any and all natural joy. Matthew 2:10 says about the Magi that, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

Joy comes with fulfilled prophecies.

There is tremendous joy when any prophecy is fulfilled. Even one that is fulfilled in the natural. Luke 19:37-38 says, “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!'” (Psalm 118:26)

But the joy that is fulfilled in the realm of the Spirit creates a level of joy that is not temporal, but eternal. Such joy can be seen and experienced in Matthew 1:21-23.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (Isaiah 7:14) which means, ‘God with us.'”

The joy of found in this prophecy is experienced every time and in everyone who comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and makes Jesus Christ the Lord of their life. For then Jesus is not only seen buy experienced as the King of Glory and the King over all the earth. This caused the Magi to REJOICE WITH EXCEEDING GREAT JOY!

This prophecy declares the Lord Jesus Christ is:

The King of the Jews – a Human King.

The King of Israel – a National King.

The King of Righteousness – a Spiritual King.

The King of the Ages – an Eternal King.

The King of Heaven – a Sovereign King.

The King of Glory – a Glorious King.

He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords.

That’s my King!

It is no wonder that almost three hundred years ago the great hymn writer Isaac Watts wrote these words after reading Psalm 98.

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

 

 

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