Christmas, Pt. 4

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 Saviour, Which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

As we once again enter the Christmas season, I would like to spend the next several days looking at these two verses, which I believe give us the best summary in the entire Bible of just what Christmas is all about.

We have looked at the fact that it was an angel who brought these great tidings to the shepherds.  We have also seen that the first thing they said to the shepherds was to “Fear not…”  These were not tidings of fear, but “good tidings of great joy…”  It is the “great joy” that we will look at today.

The whole ministry of Jesus Christ brought joy to people.  Think of the people who were healed of various diseases.  Think of the blind who were made to see and the deaf who were made to hear.  Think of those possessed by devils who saw their lives restored to peace and sanity.  Think of those who had loved ones who had died and saw them brought back to life.  All of those people doubtless had “great joy” after meeting Jesus.

But even more important than great joy over some physical benefit was the great joy experienced over meeting the Saviour.  These people found the One Who could forgive their sins and give them a true “great joy” coming from their hearts.  That is the kind of “great joy” that we have found in coming to Christ.  Romans 5:11 tells us “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”  It is through Jesus that we have truly have great joy.  The angel announced it many years ago, and we are still receiving it today.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Wonderful series, Ben, for us to think on at Christmas. What a great joy Jesus is , indeed! Thank you and God bless!

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    • One of the things I enjoy about Christmas is that is places the emphasis solely on Jesus. It’s a wonderful time to think about Him and all He brought when He came to this world!

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