December 23, 2010
Joy to the World!
Joy is the province of the believer. Though we have not seen Jesus we love Him. Though we do not see Him now yet we believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. And the outcome of such faith?--the salvation of our souls. (Can I cite this verse here without being derided for holding such a silly faith that has no evidence to support it? What a relief.) What a joy! And enough of it to share with the whole wide world.
Joy to the world! The Lord has come. Let earth receive her King.
But alas, Jesus came to His own and His own did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
I have a new appreciation for my faith these days. It has become a precious commodity in a forum of people who find it not merely an enigma, but a maddening (un)reality. Their world knows no sin, no Saviour, and no Good News. They resent certainty, faith, and I suppose, Joy.
I am ready for a holiday, a holy holiday to celebrate the real live birth of my real live Hero into a world that needs Him more than we know!
Joy to the World, our King has come.
Wishing you and yours a joy-filled holy holiday!!!
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!"
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, for He that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."
Quotations and almost quotations are taken from the following:
I Peter 1:8,9; John 1:11,12; Luke 2:14; Heb.11:6