Good message this morning on Joy, you know the joy that passes all understanding. Christmas is a time for joy, a wonderful time of the year that I personally love to experience. The lights, trees, gifts, Santa’s that fill our house, nativity scenes in yards and yes in our house as well. Some might think we have succumbed to the pressures of the world and rejected the babe in the manger, yet I get it.
Christ is born for all His reasons, not ours. Yet His reason is to gift us. So Jesus brings stability to our world by being born on the side of the road in route to a census count. He is forced to greet the world and behold its plight in a most worldly and befitting way. Most people think how sad; the Savior King of the world is born in a most humiliating way, yet could it be this is the most fitting place considering its (the world’s) condition? Hasn’t the world made and accumulated a manure pile to receive Him? It demonstrates the determination of the Creator to orchestrate a do what ever it takes plan to save us from ourselves. Personally I am not surprised one iota of his mode of operandi, as it adds credibility to His ultimate planned goal.
But I started this little conversation with Joy, which when understood correctly, we see the babe in the manger for who He truly is! A fact we don’t fully realize till a few months down the road. True Joy is the understanding that Jesus Christ shows us from hanging on a tree. Because if He hadn’t done this, if He hadn’t sacrificed Himself on that tree, but had instead, taken the throne like everyone wanted Him to at that time, He would be sitting on the throne alone, with no kingdom, no church and no sons or daughters to commune with in eternity.
Experience true Joy by accepting Christ’s Gift of eternal life this Christmas season.