JOY TO THE WORLD
One day a young boy told his father, “Daddy I am so bored with the church song. Too far behind the times and so slow”. His father answer him, “If you think you can write a better song then why don’t you?” The boy went to his room and wrote his first hymn, “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.” Later in 1690 he wrote the song, “Joy To The World” based on Psalm 98 and Luke 1:46-55. This boy was the famous songwriter Isaac Watts.
JOY TO THE WORLD! That’s the same words when the Angel came to the sheperd not far away from Bethlehem, he said, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). Why “JOY”? Why must the world be joyful for Christmas? Christmas is not about santa claus, candy, cake or glamorous lights.
The word “afraid” in this verse came from the greek translation phobeistei, meaning an extreme or irrational fear. In the hebrew translation Orthodox Jewish Bible using the word pachad mean terror. Too many times we hear bad news from the world: war, conflict, sickness, disaster, terrorism. All of these make us afraid.
But, The Angel of the Lord came not with some bad news! Not just nice news, not just happy news. The word Good News in the hebrew, simcha mean peace, love, friendly, the source of joy. The Angel came with GOOD NEWS about Jesus Christ the Savior will come to the world!
Jesus Christ is The One whom the world need most today. He created heaven and earth. He created human being. He is the one who can make the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead raised, and He is the only one who can heal every disease and weakness.
When we consider all of what Jesus has already done and what He can do, make us full with joy of thankfulness. Mary filled with joy and she was ready to serve God. A huge number army of Angels from heaven were filled with joy and praise the Lord. The Sheperds filled with joy, worshiped Jesus and told Good News to people around them. If our heart truly believe in Jesus Christ and filled with joy, let us use our life to glorify Him wherever we are, what ever we do.
Mary, the sheperds, the angels of the Lord, and anyone including even Elishia can respond the joy of God. You and I have the same opportunity to respond to what God has done in our life and share it with people around us! May God bless you and fill you with joy. Amen.
IF OUR HEART TRULY BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST AND FILLED WITH JOY, LET US USE OUR LIFE TO GLORIFY GOD.