Four days before the world pauses and celebrates. There aren’t many silent nights in our world – so much heartache and anxiety. Choruses of Joy to the World or We Wish You A Merry Christmas aren’t ringing out in many public venues these days.
This Christmas lyric reminds us how to celebrate: Repeat the sounding joy! Oh, that those who see us would know the why and the Who of the celebration – the Good News, the Great Joy that is for all the people.
A Savior was born, He grew to be a man, and in God’s perfect timing, served this broken world and made a bigger impact than all the celebrities, politicians, rulers ever. Why is that? His purpose was pure, His motivation was selfless, and His sacrifice was real. “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.“ (Luke 2:10 BSB)
Maybe this Christmas you feel too stressed or stretched – too tired or troubled – too worried or wanting to share Jesus. We all do at times. But the Savior reminds us to lay down our busyness, rest our weariness, and surrender our fears. He’s told us in this world we will have trouble – but He’s also promised us He has overcome it all.
In God’s perfect timing all will be made right. And in the wait, whether pleasant or terrifying, He will never leave us. And He will work out all things for the good of those who love Him. Do we know this, believe this? “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.” (John 14:1 NLT)
Glory to God in the highest isn’t just a call of angelic beings. The more glory we give God the more He lifts us up out of what is holding us down. Praising His Name. Praying in His Name. Thanking our Messiah for the good and the bad.
So, this Christmas (and going forward) let’s live like we believe Jesus is God’s one and only Son, who came as a babe born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, gave that life away on a torturous cross, and is now in heaven telling God how much He loves us – no matter what.
In that there is great joy, and it can’t be stolen from us by circumstances. Merry Christmas! The Lord has come, receive your King, prepare room in your heart, and sing Glory, Glory, Glory to God in the Highest! And someday, peace on earth, good will to men will be our everyday. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!” (Luke 2:14 BSB)
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