“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!” What better news has ever been declared than this—that the Savior of the world has already come?
The shepherds were first in a long line of people who joyfully shared the good news of the coming of the Messiah. The angels, God’s glorious and special messengers, first announced to keepers of sheep that a King had been born?! I can kind of see Herod’s point about being left out of that revelation. Just sayin’.
But who better to be the first to hear about the One who came to save liars, cheaters, and the poor?
Of course they were overjoyed! King Jesus didn’t come to trade gold and gems with other dignitaries—the overbearing Roman rulers of the time. Instead, he came to mingle with the tax collectors and outcasts in order to bring salvation to people from all walks of life.
We don’t have to be good enough to get an invitation to meet this King. We don’t have to Cash App a donation, sign up to sell essential oils, or have an award-winning TikTok channel in order to be noticed by this King.
In fact, Scripture tells us numerous times that Jesus lowered himself to our level on purpose.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.Philippians 2:8
That right there is enough to make me want to sing “Joy to the World” every day, not just one Sunday during December! In addition, throughout the Bible, we see example after example of other miracles God has done for His people. If you need a few reminders, check out Psalm 146.
Verse 3 of Psalm 146 reminds us not to put our trust in princes or in mortal men who cannot save us. This advent season, let us set aside the politics that so easily divide us and focus on the one, true King, the humble Messiah who will save us (from ourselves).
Instead, let us focus on our Savior with praise and joy. As the prophet Isaiah reminds us:
And the ransomed of the Lord shall returnIsaiah 35:10
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Heavenly Father, please give us joy that lasts beyond the moment, beyond the holiday season, into the mundane, drab days of January and beyond.
Friend, what are you joyful about this week of Advent? Hit reply to send me an email, or drop me a line on social media to let me know!