Joy to the World
By Chaplain Len Reimer, Transport for Christ
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
“Joy to the World” is one of the most popular carols of all time. It’s no wonder that this hymn has become a regular part of our Christmas celebrations, and is one of the best-loved carols of all time. After all, Christmas is the season of joy.
Christmas is a time for us to rejoice as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. On the night Jesus was born, an angel announced the joyful news: “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day … a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” (Luke 2: 10-11). We can rejoice that Jesus left His glorious throne in heaven and came to earth to become our Savior.
What keeps us from experiencing deep, meaningful joy? The short answer is that we have removed God from His rightful place, and we sit on the throne of our own lives. We occupy ourselves with pleasure and possessions – things which soon will pass away. But God designed us for more; He created us to live in relationship with Him for eternity. When we live in harmony with God, joy is the natural result. How can we be restored to a relationship with God? The answer is Jesus. Even before He was born in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ was designed to die on the cross as our substitute. There, He took the punishment for our sins. He then rose from the grave, proving that He is truly the Son of God – and that the way to everlasting life has been opened. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16). Now that’s wonderful reason for joy! It’s time to make room in your heart for the King. Recognize that your way falls short of God’s way. Turn to Him and put your trust in the Savior, Jesus said. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,” (Romans 10:9). When your heart is made new through God’s saving grace, you not only receive forgiveness of sins: you also enter into a new life characterized by the peace and joy that come from walking with God.
We do wish you the most joyful Christmas you ever had.☚