Many of us are familiar with the message of the angel in the Christmas story in Luke 2:10-11: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” And what is this good news of great joy? “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Are you a joyful person? Would those around you describe you as joyful? If we were being honest, we might all hesitate. I am not talking about a particular personality type or going around with a Cheshire Cat look! I am talking about spiritual joy.

The message of Christmas is not just for Christmas. The message of Christmas is good news of a great joy for all who are saved. If we are followers of Christ, we now have a different perspective. We have been delivered, redeemed from our sin and look forward to eternal life with our Savior. Not only do we have peace with God (another word we hear often at Christmas) but we have joy! True, deep, abiding joy.

This doesn’t mean that we will not experience afflictions, disappointment or unexpected obstacles in life – but we see the bigger picture.

At one point,Jesus’ disciples become excited when they realize the power they have in Christ’s name. He tells them “do not rejoice in this…but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” That is the ultimate joy, the joy that keeps us going in the midst of afflictions and disappointments and unexpected obstacles in life.

The world is full of cold, sad, people. Smile. Praise God. The message of Christmas is a message of good news of great joy for every day, and as followers of Christ, we should demonstrate this joy.

John Munro

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