Before we start, I would like to thank you for making this part of your Holiday season. We don’t take getting the Word of God into your hearts and homes lightly. This theme was prayed over and came out of time, seeking the Lord for what He wanted it to be. I have always loved the words from “Joy to the World” and that once a year, the world sings these powerful truths. I have enjoyed going deeper into the meaning and scriptures behind the words of this beloved Christmas carol. The blog goes with our Christmas scripture cards this year, but if you don’t have them, you can still use this blog as an advent/devotional time. There are 12 devotions for every other day, the last one being on Dec. 24th. They will be short and designed even to be read as a family. We hope you are reminded of the wonderful gift that Jesus is, and we pray you have a very Merry Christmas!
Written By: Blake McDaniel
Joy To The World; The Lord Is Come
The Angel told the shepherd in Luke 2:10-11, But the Angel said to them, “Fear not; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people; for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
The time had come, a time which the prophets prophesied about, a time that the Jews awaited and a time that was planned before the foundations of the world….the Messiah had been born. The world was stuck in their sin, offering sacrifices to cover their sin with no end in sight. You couldn’t simply go to God and talk to Him and know that there was nothing between you. We were not worthy of Him, nor could we do anything to earn His love because He was and is so Holy. We needed a savior! That savior would take down the wall between our heavenly father and us; He would make way for us to live in Him and to give us what God planned for us to have in the very beginning. The Angel said in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” The Angel knew that Jesus would bring peace between God and man. No longer would God impute our sin to us (Psalm 32:2), but he would make an everlasting covenant with us. His peace and kindness would never come to an end (Isaiah 54:10)!