The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (v.20)
Luke 2: 1-20
The average person today does not distinguish much between their definition of 'happiness' and 'joy.' But to the heart of one joined with Christ the difference between these two words is substantial. The world is peppered with wells that the heart can draw happiness from. All manner of worldly pleasures are available and accessible for mankind to indulge, in the hope that their thirst for happiness may be quenched for a lifetime. The lie of the world is that none of these vessels will run dry and will indeed never forsake those attempting to rest in them. The truth however is that material happiness is fleeting and inconsistent, never filling, never satisfying.
Joy, however comes from far beyond the world. To the believer the word 'joy' speaks of a fountain of infinite accommodation. Joy is a word to describe an emotion so magnificent, it transcends the limitations of man and directs to something incomprehensible to our flesh. It is the joy found in eternal salvation with our creator God.
Have you ever attempted to comprehend God during your prayers? Does it make your head spin when you try to consider what his glory really means? How beyond the scope of human understanding it is that He who made the earth, saturated the cosmos with myriad celestial objects and even authored time itself would reach down from heaven and show mercy on fallen individuals. How inconceivable that we who are deserving of nothing more than to perish under Gods justice are shown such mercy by the perfect King of the Universe. Such a gift received from a sinner like me warrants only one response, Joy.
This Christmas, consider the gift of God the Son. Consider the gravity of importance his coming into the world is to you, where you would be and what your fate would be without Him. Consideration of this will result in a joy that is not of this world. The Joy will be God given, and your soul will intensely sing his name to the world in celebration of the gift which is Himself.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your salvation. By sending your Son into this world you have saved my soul from perishing and made me righteous in your eyes. By putting on flesh, living a perfect life and then dying a sinners death you have pardoned my sin and made me clean. Now when you see me, you do not see my sin, you see only your Son and his perfect righteousness. It is because of this that my soul sings for you. My eyes are fixed on only you, and the joy in my heart penetrates the sky above and reaches to you in Heaven. Thank you Jesus for saving me. You are my King, my savior and my God. Amen.