The Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas

“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 the Messiah, the Lord.'” // Luke 2:9-11

Hey guys! Happy Sunday!

The Christmas season is so busy, isn’t it? Shopping, baking, traffic … the list could go on and on! And sometimes in the busyness of the Christmas season, we lose arguably one the biggest reasons we celebrate Christmas: The JOY that comes from the Reason for the Christmas season.

When the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus Christ, they told the shepherds not to be afraid, that they were bringing them “good news that will cause great joy for all the people”. 

When I read Luke 2:9-11 last year, something really stuck out to me. When the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus Christ, they told the shepherds not to be afraid, that they were bringing them “good news that will cause great joy for all the people”. In today’s day and age, joy is a rarity. It’s similar to the peace that we talked about a couple weeks ago. Something that seems so elusive in our culture in 2018. But when Jesus was born, the angels said His coming would bring great joy to all the people.

The birth of Jesus isn’t something to just study, or even to just believe. The birth of Jesus is something to be celebrated, something that should overwhelm us with joy. We were lost in our sin, dead and on a road to eternal separation from God in hell. But because Jesus was born, everything has changed. Because Jesus was born to save us, we can now have forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in Christ (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9). Because of Jesus’ birth, we can now have reconciliation with God our Father, the exact relationship we were born to have (2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Colossians 1:16). We can now have a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). We can now have a peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). We can now have the Maker of Heaven and Earth living inside us, securing us for the day Jesus returns (Ephesians 1:13). And we can now have access to all of God’s amazing and precious promises (2 Corinthians 1:20). And this is all because Jesus came as a baby, born to be our Savior.

Jesus Himself told us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus came so that our life could one day be all it was meant to be. Because we live in a fallen world, that’ll never happen in this life. But we do have the promise and hope that it’ll happen in the life to come (Revelation 21:5). Because of Jesus’ birth, we have every reason to be joyful. We were dead and now we’re alive (Luke 15:24). We were once slaves and now we’re children of God (Galatians 4:3-7). We were headed for hell and now we’re headed for an eternity more unimaginable than anything in this world (John 14:1-6).

So this Christmas, don’t let the presents, traffic, and people drain your joy. Let your joy come from the best present of all … Jesus Christ.

So this Christmas, don’t let the presents, traffic, and people drain your joy. Let your joy come from the best present of all … Jesus Christ.

And I believe if we let our joy come from spending time in His word and prayer, letting His joy brim over and spill out into our lives and others, someday we might just change the world. ❤

Until Next Time,

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@stephanie_jacqu

P.S.! As I mentioned in last week’s post, I went to a Christmas concert featuring Jason Gray, Stars Go Dim, and Jilian Linklater (And it was amazing, BTW. All the artists were so great at what they did and just great people in general). Check out a couple of their songs below that’ll be sure to bring some JOY into your Christmas season. Also, I’ve left a couple pictures I took from the concert below for you to see.

P.P.S.!! I put out a special mid-week blog last week (on Tues. Dec 11th). Please check that out if you haven’t read it. It contains a big part of my testimony. See you next week!




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