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Saving Joy

Psalm 32

Verse 1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Today we finish our look at joy and take a closer look at why we should be full of joy because of Christmas.

A favorite Christmas hymn of many is Joy to the World. The first three lines of this song remind us of the very reason that there can be joy because of Christmas. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive its King; let ev’ry heart prepare Him room” Our joy should be because Jesus had come to earth, not without purpose, but as the once and for all time acceptable sacrifice for sin. This should be the source of our joy too.

This is the greatest joy we can have on earth. This knowledge that the reason that Jesus came as a baby – as wholly God and wholly man – was so that He could live the perfect life and be qualified to die as the payment for our sins. His birth wasn’t just so that God could live as a human. Why would He choose to do that? In Philippians 2:5-8 Paul shows some of what Jesus gave up to come to earth. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

This is why we can have joy! We have a Savior who was willing to leave all that Heaven held for Him – His total power, the worship He is due, His glory, His immortality, the intimate presence of the Father – to come as a helpless babe, born to a low income family, placed in an animals’ food trough in the home of animals, to live a perfect life, to be killed a horrible disgraceful death. All for us.

This is the reason for Christmas. We have to celebrate His sacrificing His heavenly status at Christmas so that we can see how His sacrifice on Good Friday could qualify as the needed sacrifice for our sins. Our joy should be overflowing from our hearts, into our lives and flooding over into the lives of those around us. Because joy kept for ourselves is like celebrating Christmas all by yourself.

Making It Personal

What is your joy level? Do you find joy in the wonder of Jesus at Christmas? What can you do to help this joy of the Christ of Christmas last throughout the year?

Making It Personal Kids

Does Jesus bring you joy? Have you ever thought about all that Jesus left in Heaven when He came to earth? How can you show the joy you find in knowing Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, we can only have true joy in You. You are the source of our joy because You are the source of our salvation. We praise You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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