But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
“I often eagerly anticipate birthdays, special outings, and holidays. The excitement grows, and then the day arrives. Sometimes I enjoy the event as fully as I expected to, but sometimes the event falls short. Either way, the special occasion passes by; and we’re left with memories — and maybe some photos. The day cannot be relived. How different is the expectation of the coming of Christ! Through many generations his birth was foretold by prophets, and yet when Jesus was born there were no widespread celebrations. In fact, the inn had no room for him. But some shepherds and wise men, Simeon and the prophet Anna (Luke 2:25-38) quietly celebrated him from the first. Later, others recognized Jesus Christ as the long-expected Messiah and went out to preach the good news.
Today we also look forward to Christmas as we celebrate Jesus’ birth. But when Christmas Day is over, the reality of the Incarnation and the promise of eternal life continue. Each year the Christmas season comes and goes, but what we are really celebrating endures for all eternity! (Upper Room Devotionals: 12/11/16)
Today may we worship in thanksgiving knowing that the source of great joy for all the people has come—Jesus the Messiah.
Lord we thank you that our celebration of your coming is not confined a yearly reminder, but a daily reality that we live in. You came, you died and rose again! Today we rejoice with greater joy, for you have brought us salvation and blessing. Amen.
Let’s worship to the song Joy To The World (click here) by Chris Tomlin