My favorite Christmas song is “Joy to the World.” It’s a simple song but serves as a wonderful reminder of how joyless life in this world would be if Jesus never came. This is why the angel said to the sherpherds, keeping watch over their flocks in the field at night, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Jesus’ coming is good news of “great joy!”
There was a lot joylessness in the days of the prophet Isaiah. Judah had turned away from the Lord. The people of the nation were ungrateful and rebellious. Isaiah prophesied of God’s judgment, but he also told of God’s plan to bring gladness and joy to all peoples, not only those from Judah. The promise of this coming joy would be cherished by God’s people for nearly seven centuries, all the way up until the good news of great joy became a reality in the birth of Jesus. The Gospel (good news) of Jesus still remains a source great joy for all peoples trusting in Him.
Christmas, though, is not a joyful time for everyone. For some, this may be a blue Christmas. I understand. But with Jesus, there is good news of great joy for all peoples. You still may struggle with depression or sadness, but Jesus can and will make a difference when you turn to Him. He came bringing joy to the world. We’ll look at a few ways He does that this Sunday. “Let every heart prepare Him room!”