Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be
called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his
government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the
Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Wow! Every time I read the above scripture, I feel like singing Joy to the World because the arrival of Jesus
has changed everything. How about you? If we keep our eyes on the things in the world, it would be hard
for us to find true joy. Yet, our proclamation as Christians throughout the year and especially during the
advent season is Joy to the World, for our Savior has come.
We have opportunities all around us to share the good news of Christ’s birth. At work or at school, at
home or with strangers, sharing the Christmas story of Christ’s birth is an engaging story to tell one on one
or to a captivated group. The Virgin Mary, Joseph the carpenter, the angels, a marriage, a bright star, a
baby in a manger because of no room at the inn; all of these circumstances lure us into a story of epic
proportion. In these days of uncertainty, the world has been given a gift that many still do not know about.
The gifts of forgiveness, God’s mercy and grace, come to us freely through our belief in Jesus Christ.
This year I invite you to share the story of Christ’s birth as often as you can in the settings you find yourself
in. Although the above scripture is from the prophet Isaiah, you can find the story of the Birth of Jesus in
Luke 2:1-20. The promises of God told through this story of Jesus’ reign as king, give us hope to face each
day and in every trial. The story of Jesus’ birth gives us plenty of reasons to sing out, JOY TO THE WORLD,
THE LORD IS COME!
God bless you and have a great Christmas remembering the true reason for the season,
God bless you and keep you.
In Christ’s love,