• Pastor Joe Esposito

Joy to the World

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11

With the Christmas season upon us, we are barraged with TV and newspaper ads telling us what to buy. We don't have to "buy” anything; we need to prepare our hearts for Jesus. The hymn "Joy to the World" says it all. "Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King, let every heart prepare Him room."

That hymn says it all. After all, without Jesus being born and dying, we would still be looking for our Redeemer. But now, we have the opportunity to look forward to being with the Lord forever.

All of us, during this joyful time, should take the time with family and friends and examine our hearts and our minds as to why we do celebrate Christmas. Is it just for the gifts or the many different dinners that we will attend, or is it about Jesus Christ and why He left heaven's glory to be born and become the God man?

There is nothing wrong with purchasing gifts or sharing a meal with our family and friends, but they all should revolve around who and why we are doing this. No amount of gifts or dinners can ever compare to the gift that Jesus gives us. He gets us out of the bondage we are in, He brightens our day, every day, and He alone can and does forgive us of our sins. In this season of giving and receiving, may we never forget why we are doing all of this.

Our joy is found in no one else but in the Lord Jesus our Redeemer. Gifts will get old or break or be returned and then it’s the 26th of December and life goes on.

For us born-again Children of God, our gift will go on and on. We have an inheritance that will never get old or spoil or rust - it is reserved in heaven for us.

1st Peter 1:4 says, "to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you."

That is a promise to all of God's children. This season, let us put on our spiritual glasses and truly see what Jesus has provided for us! Amen.

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