Joy To The World!
“Joy To The World” is one Christmas carol many people are familiar with. Just last Sunday, we have sung it during our Church Service at River.
Joy to the world. Four simple words strung together as a title of a Christmas carol that sings about the birth of Jesus. Four simple words that speak volumes about the essence of Christmas.
The first line of the carol goes, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come”. Yes, this is what brings joy to the whole world – our Lord Jesus has come!
Jesus has come to bring us God’s truth, love and joy. Jesus has come so He would die on the Cross and give each and every one of us salvation from the power of sin. Jesus has come so that by His resurrection, we are given the power to overcome all obstacles on earth and step into eternal life in heaven when our life on this earth ends. Jesus has come because God loves us very, very deeply.
This is “Good News of great joy”, as the angels proclaim in Luke 2:10. Joy to the world indeed because Jesus has come!
How do we respond to such Good News?
The second line of “Joy to the world” continues with, “Let earth receive her King”.
Yes, let all people on earth open our hearts and lives to receive Jesus as our Lord and King. God’s salvation is a Gift to us that needs to be unwrapped and received by us. When we receive Jesus as our Savior and King, the joy of the Lord fills us, strengthens us and flows out of us.
This festive period as the world around me is bustling with much activity, God wants me to focus on the Joy of Christmas. It is a Joy that emanates not from activities and presents but a Joy that is found only in Jesus. The Joy of Christmas does not fade away after feasts end and presents are opened. The Joy of Christmas is one that is present through all circumstances because Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. The Joy of Christmas never fades away but always lives and lasts because Jesus is our Living and Everlasting God.
No wonder we can sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come”! No wonder all the earth must rejoice and receive Jesus as King!
Have you received Jesus as the King and Savior of your life? If you have not, there is no better time than now to do so.
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:12 (ESV),
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
The mountains and hills before you shall break forth into singing,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
When you receive Jesus into your life, you indeed shall go out in joy – out of every bondage and into the freedom and joy in Jesus. You are going to move forth in life led by Lord Jesus Himself and His Word, dwelling in His peace, health and prosperity. Because of your deliverance, even nature shall seem to rejoice with you and for you! Believe and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and experience this indescribable full joy in your life.
As the end of the year approaches, God’s reminder of the Joy of Christmas refreshes me. I realize I have carelessly allowed weariness from the past eleven months to disturb and diminish my joy. And the Lord is gently chastening me today, saying, “My child, how are you going to share My joy to the world when you allow your joy in Me to slip away?” These words of the Lord have shaken me and woken me up.
I must live my life in God’s presence and not bury myself in circumstances, in order to experience the fullness of Joy that comes from Him and Him alone. Only then will I be able to live out God’s purpose for me to share with all the earth the Good News of Jesus, which is “Good News of great joy”. And this, is God’s purpose for all of God’s disciples as well.
This Christmas season, let us make a commitment to let the Joy of the Lord that is in us flow out of us. Give thanks and pray unceasingly. Smile and be kind to all people around us. Sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come” and invite all people on earth to receive Jesus as their Lord and King.
Let us pray together.
“Dear God, I repent of those times when I have allowed circumstances to rob me of Your joy. I come before You today, asking You to refresh and renew me in Your joy and strength. I thank You that the Joy of Your salvation is greater than anything I am facing and will be facing. Yes, Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to bring me freedom, joy and peace. I thank You that with Jesus in my life, I have the fullness of joy which overflows. I am going to bring this joy of Christmas, this joy found only in Jesus, to the people around me. Thank You for Your everlasting love and joy, Father. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”